Designer Emma Bossons FRSA.
Featuring Canal barges making their silent way through The Potteries a hundred years ago, in a vision of a bygone age. As an added homage to the historic art pottery, Emma has even named one of her barges ‘Moorcroft’.
Stoke-on-Trent is home to not one but two canals – the Trent and Mersey and the Caldon. The former takes you through some of the best scenes that Britain’s waterways have to offer, through to the heritage-rich industrial city of Stoke-on-Trent. The Trent and Mersey Canal, engineered by James Brindley, was the country’s first long-distance canal, covering 93 miles and consisting of 76 locks. Its towpath created a green corridor through Stoke-on-Trent, as well as offering a route through rural Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The Caldon canal was built to carry limestone for the iron industry and flints for the pottery industry. It is still steeped in history, with fascinating industrial buildings visible along the Stoke-on-Trent section. The waterways of Stoke-on-Trent also include the smaller Burslem Branch Canal which was once one of the cornerstones on which the growth of The Potteries was built. Sadly, today, parts of the half mile stretch are now filled in, and many of its buildings are unused and run down. When the canal was authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1797, it paved the way for Burslem to become the Mother Town of The Potteries. Construction work was completed in 1805, 30 years after James Brindley completed the adjoining Trent and Mersey Canal. Large quantities of china clay, stone and other raw materials were shipped in for use at the Burslem potbanks. It was against this backdrop that barges made their silent way through The Potteries a hundred years ago. In Emma’s vision of a bygone age, the trio of bottle ovens at the Moorcroft factory can be seen.
History in the Making. A collection of Moorcroft vases celebrating it's proud history, reflecting on the developing techniques, local area and social history since the factory gates opened in 1913 in Staffordshire
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