Many of us have grown up with pottery from Stoke purchased by our grandads and our dads after him. So, it’s not surprising that potteries from Stoke are an essential part of our venture. Stoke-on-Trent, popularly known worldwide as 'The Potteries' or the Staffordshire Potteries, has been shaped by the pottery industry for over 300 years. The industry evolved in the mid seventeenth century due to the abundance availability of natural sources such as coal (used to fire the bottle kilns), salt, clay and lead (for glazing) in the region; as well as access to the waterways (via canal boats). It flourished due to the development of revolutionary ideas by the Master Potters (Wedgewood and Spode) and the development of new ceramic manufacturing techniques such as bone china and jasperware, as well as pioneering transfer printing and other glazing and decorating techniques. This is the reason why Stoke-On-Trent has been regarded as the world Capital of Ceramics. By the 1840s, distribution of pottery products became easier due to the advent of railway, and the Potteries was at its peak by the early 19th century. However, production began declining in the late 19th century - as other countries established their own industries - and sadly deteriorated during World War II – when most of its workers were called to serve in the forces and production was restricted on decorate ware by the government. Stoke-on-Trent is still famous for its quality ware today, and many small and large potters are keeping this unrivalled heritage alive through their amazing creations. If you haven’t had the opportunity of visiting this city, we would highly recommend a day out to learn more about the history of this amazing heritage craft that continues to be sought around the world today. What’s more, potteries from Stoke-On-Trent have become collectors’ items. So, dig into those attics and you never know, you just might find a collector’s piece!