With Christmas over and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d take a impromptu day off and visit Stoke-on-Trent for the Emma Bridgewater factory. We booked a factory tour and their afternoon tea is such a treat, but we couldn’t have timed it better…the new products for Spring 2015 launched this week and the winter sale is on!
We visit the factory a few times a year, but this time was particularly exciting as we saw Emma Bridgewater and her husband Matthew Rice at the factory – talk about starstruck! It makes me think how amazing it would be if my business grew to the size of hers and customers were as excited spotting me around my shop (I can dream).
It’s incredible to see how everything is handmade in the factory in stock, from designing and making the moulds, creating the pottery shapes, hand decorating and then glazing. The whole process is amazing to see in a British factory and how much care is put into each individual piece (especially those decorators!).
Also – if you’re ever in Stoke, their afternoon tea is amazing! We’ve got a little challenge to try as many ‘Afternoon Teas’ as possible in different places – this is one of our favourites…the pretty plates, cake stand and tea pots help too 😉