Thursday, 5 April 2018

Emma Bridgewater Pottery Tour

I am completely dotty (pun intended) about Emma Bridgewater pottery so last year's birthday present, from Andy was an experience day at their factory in Stoke-on-Trent. For various reasons, I didn't get to use the voucher until my most recent birthday but it was definitely one of my most favourite ways to celebrate turning 26!

Emma Bridgewater Tour


I decided to spend the day on my own. Partly because Andy didn't want to come and everyone else was at work but also because I very rarely do anything by myself anymore and I thought it would make a nice change!

I took the train down which was really simple and quick from Chester and arrived at the pottery my standard 30 minutes early. I made the mistake of buying a cookies n cream latte from the train coffee shop and only then thought there would probably be a coffee shop at Emma Bridgewater. Happily, there was so I rectified my beverage mistake with a mug of tea, all served in mismatched EB crockery. Incidentally, as much as I love a teapot, I love being served an actual mug of tea instead of a dainty teacup.

Emma Bridgewater Tour


Then the tour began, there was a group of about 12 of us and we were shown around the pottery. They continue to use Victorian and Edwardian machinery for a lot of the production and the patterns are meticulously sponged on by hand, which might seem a strange choice in a world which is moving more and more towards automation but I personally love the authenticity behind the brand.

Emma Bridgewater Tour


Those famous dots are everywhere throughout the tour. From the 'No Bikes' sign to the factory equipment and check out that aga!!

Emma Bridgewater Tour

Emma Bridgewater Tour

Emma Bridgewater Tour


The tour was followed by afternoon tea, where I made friends with another solo tourer. Now, as you know, I love an afternoon tea! and this was especially good. Cute sandwiches, tiny desserts and vegetable crisps all served on an assortment of EB crockery.

Emma Bridgewater Tour

Emma Bridgewater Tour


The final part of the day was painting. I picked a mug and then set to work deciding on my design. I went with a dot design and then rather than spell my name out (I just couldn't get it to look right), I used the L sponge throughout. No, not to spell "lol", as a few people have suggested. Happy with my design I added some dots to the inside and my name to the bottom of the mug, et voila! 

Emma Bridgewater Tour

Emma Bridgewater Tour

Emma Bridgewater Tour


I'm actually really proud of my little creation, although I'm not sure I'll be invited to join their apprenticeship scheme anytime soon! 

With a little bit of time until my train and to avoid the weather, I took advantage of the shops. Picking up some discounted napkins and some bargain cake plates. Seriously, as a rule, I don't pay full price for any Emma Bridgewater but these were ridiculously low prices! 

All in all, a wonderful day and I can definitely see myself visiting again. 

Details of Emma Bridgewater tours can be found on their factory tour page

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