News & Events
We are excited to be welcoming the Stoke-on- Trent Literary Festival at our Stoke Factory on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June.
We have a terrific line up again and highlights include: Alexander Armstrong, Debbie Horsfield on Poldark, Ed Balls interviewed by Anne Robinson, Clover Stroud, Michael Crick, Loyd Grossman, Jonathan Bate on Shakespeare, Tim Smith of the Eden Project, Horrid Henry + other young reader events and much more!
For tickets and to find out more about the event please visit www.stokeliteraryfes tival.org.
30th March 2017
We’re very excited to show you the exclusive ½ Pint Mug and 8 ½“ Plate that we have designed for Homepride flour’s Collectables range.
These items will be available to collect from the shop section of www.homeprideflour .co.uk from the beginning of March, just collect tokens on Homepride flour packs and order your items online.
For more information please see www.homeprideflour .co.uk in the ‘shop’ section or follow @Homeprideflour.
31st January 2017
We thought you might like to know that Emma will be this Sunday’s castaway on Desert Island Discs.
The show will be on Radio 4 at 11.15am, make sure you tune in (on your Emma Bridgewater radio, of course!)
23rd November 2016
New Vic Theatre Exhibition, Peter Rice and Theatre Design
Exhibition runs 31st October - 12th November at New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road ST5 0JG
Peter Rice was one of the pre-eminent stage and costume designers in modern British opera and theatre. This exhibition will present some of his most exciting and innovative works.
Free event - no ticket required.
Theatre Design Forum
7th November, 7:30pm at New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road ST5 0JG
This forum will discuss some of Peter Rice's most exciting and innovative works in the context of the history and practice of theatre design. Discussants: Tom Hawkes (internationally recognised theatre and opera director: Sadler's Wells, ENO, Opera Holland Park), Lis Evans (resident designer, New Vic Theatre), Kate Burnett (Nottingham Trent University, leading theatre design historian), Michael Holt (stage designer for Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough; and for 'The Woman in Black').
The discussion will be chaired by writer, designer and artist Matthew Rice.
Ticketed event - for tickets, call New Vic Theatre on 01782 717962
20th October 2016
We’re very excited to be working with Horlicks on an exclusive ½ Pint Mug design that is launching October 2016 - February 2017.
Our design is inspired by the rich history of Horlicks. “Horlicks and Emma Bridgewater are such an obvious partnership, both such quintessentially English brands. The events celebrated in our Horlicks mug; sporting prowess at the Olympics, Antarctic exploration and troops in the trenches sum up the very best of Englishness. We are so pleased to be in partnership with Horlicks”, says Emma Bridgewater.
To get yourself a limited edition Horlicks ½ Pint Mug, you will need to collect four tokens from promotional packs of Horlicks (the ones with the pink lids!) and follow the instructions on the side of the pack.
26th September 2016
Everybody has been getting very excited about our new cat and dog sculptures today - they were modelled by leading animal sculptor Dido Crosby. As it happens, she is running a sculpture course in a delicious-sounding villa in Tuscany belonging to another friend of Emma and Matthew's, Ben Gooder. It's an extraordinary opportunity - perhaps you might end up casting your own dog in bronze. See below for details:
Fancy a week in a beautiful hilltop villa in Tuscany doing a bit of wax modeling, visiting a Carrara marble mine, a sculpture museum and a bronze foundry in Pietrasanta, the historical centre of the sculpture world, this October?
Come to beautiful Casa Berti (Facebook page) for a sculpture course run by Dido Crosby MRBS.
Fly to Pisa, get picked up from the airport and driven through olive groves to stay in Ben’s glorious 17th century Tuscan manor house, fully catered with delicious local food and wine, and learn to model in wax towards later casting in bronze. Visits to nearby Lucca, Pietrasanta and Carrara.
For more information call Ben Gooder on 07973 393 682.
5th September 2016
Please note that Personalised Teacups & Saucers and our Pink Figs, Purple Veg and Toy Town patterns will be discontinued on Monday 29th August 2016
Our new Personalised patterns will launch on Monday 5th September.
28th July 2016
On Saturday 13th August we will be closing our Marylebone High Street shop for a fortnight whilst we carry out some exciting improvement works inside the shop - it will reopen on Monday 30th August.
If you’re shopping in London over the summer we still have an Emma Bridgewater shop – our lovely store at 779 Fulham Road – and of course emmabridgewater.co.uk.
Please note that orders can no longer be delivered to our Marylebone store but we will resume this service as soon as the shop reopens.
1st August 2016
The most beautiful picture of motherhood and devotion in the natural world is the site of mother hen and her chicks.
This summer Deborah, my Silver Partridge Pekin Bantam, decided at turning one-year-old in April that it was time she sat on her first clutch of eggs. Deborah was one of the first chicks that I hatched in my incubator at the Emma Bridgewater factory, so I’m especially fond of her.
Her breed, the Pekin Bantam, are renowned for their friendly, docile characters and indeed making very good broody hens. They are a true Bantam, meaning that they only exist in one petite size of chicken. Originally they came from China and the first birds to arrive into Britain were said to have been part of the loot taken from the Emperors palace, where the birds puddled about upon the palace stairs. Their foot feathers mean they are a good breed of chicken for the garden – but they need to be kept out of mud, their profusion of fluffy feathers must be checked often for lice and their feet smeared with Vaseline seasonally so their scales do not become deformed.
Pekin Bantams have been bred into a huge number of colours. The most popular seem to be the lavender and buff, but all are beautiful in their own way. A trio of them pecking around the back door looks like a bunch of feathered, fluffy-bottomed cup and saucers!
I allowed Deborah to sit her own eggs. The chicks’ father is a booted cross gold cuckoo Pekin named Charlie, and some of the chicks may not be Deborah's at all as both the Wyandotte hens, Juliet and Victoria all share the same nesting box! After 21 days of tight sitting, 6 eggs hatched. Once the chicks had dried off and fluffed up underneath their mother’s feathers, it was time to gently move the young family from the main hen house to their own cosy and more protected nursery coop.
I commissioned my dad to make me an ark for the garden in the spring. When you’re hatching your own eggs, it's vital to have several coops to contain delicate, growing birds while they are young, because chickens of different ages can’t be mixed safely together. Young birds get pecked and bullied – sometimes quite shockingly by adults – due to the pecking order hierarchy that hens strictly live within.
At this time of year, it's really important to give your hens dry soil or sand to dust bath in, so that they can keep clean and cool. Ensure that the hen houses are kept free of the nocturnal, blood sucking red mite by dusting diatomaceous Earth under the perches and in the nesting boxes. Hens often moult at this time of year too, losing their feathers and growing a new set. Growing new feathers takes a lot of energy for hens, so mix into their layers pellets and corn, spoonfuls of cod liver oil and feed them, as a treat, dried cat biscuits. This extra protein will help keep their energy levels up and their combs nice and red.
Happy hen keeping and thanks for reading – Arthur
29th July 2016
Emma and Matthew will be holding two Open Garden events at their home in Bampton, Oxfordshire in the coming months:
- Sunday 7th August, in aid of the village organ fund
- Sunday 18th September, in aid of the Michael Barry fund
The garden will be open from 2:30-5:30pm, entry will be £5 and there will be tea and cake available too. No dogs please (except guide dogs)
The postcode is OX18 2HG - we hope to see you there!
22nd July 2016
We've created a fantastic Blue Splatter Gallon Teapot and 10 Baby Mugs for Lawrence Home Nursing Team in Chipping Norton, a palliative care charity close to our heart. The tea set is on eBay here - all of the money raised will go to the charity, so make sure to bid high!
There will also be a Cricket Day and Family Fete at Sandford St Martin Cricket Club, Oxfordshire, OX7 7AJ on Sunday 10th July 12.00- 17.00, with more Blue Splatter Baby Mugs in the raffle along with lots of other nice Emma Bridgewater pottery, Giffords Circus tickets and prizes from Hemsley and Hemsley, Daylesford, Feastival and Soho Farmhouse and many more.
Please do come along and support the fantastic charity that is Lawrence Home Nursing Team.
8th July 2016
Oriental poppies are one of my favourite, must- have plants. These are perennials that are native to Turkey, and unlike other poppies – almost all of which are annuals – they can be relied upon to reappear each spring with their hairy, green leaves that are soon overtaken in height by tall stems holding their famous swelling flower buds atop.
When these buds burst open, they reveal one of the blowsiest of all blooms: like silk crossed with tissue paper, large and sumptuous yet still seemingly elegant and delicate. I'd have a garden packed with these, and they certain look best when grown en mass. They will tolerate most soils, but do appreciate full sun as well as a feed of well- rotted muck each spring.
Last year I took root cuttings to create more plants, and now it is the time to repeat the job – the oriental poppies have finished flowering, and their yellowing foliage can be chopped to the ground and their clumps carefully lifted up with a garden fork.
You may want to save their seed heads, as they look impressive when dried and sprayed golden as Christmas decor.
Once you've lifted the root ball, look for a few of the fleshly white roots. Cut a few of them off with a pair of scissors, trying to remember the correct way up of the root – attach some ribbon to the upwards end before you cut it off, as once it has been cut from the root ball, one end looks identical to the other!
With the cut roots, take them onto the potting bench or kitchen table and chop them up so you end up with several bits of root that are 2-3 inches long. Take a terracotta pot filled with a gritty, sandy compost mixture and push each bit of root into it, around the pots edge. Water the pot little and often and in 3 weeks you should start to see little leaves appearing from the pushed in bits of root.
Once they have grown a small rosette of leaves, each new poppy can then be potted up individually so you'll have lots of these fabulous perennials for free! These can be either over wintered in a cold frame or planted out into the garden in September.
Replant the parent poppy back in its spot - as it’s died back, you can plant cosmos or dahlias around it so that you don't have gaps in the border for the rest of the summer. The clumps will grow fresh leaves normally once cut back though and sometimes, if the summer is long and warm, they will give a second flush of blooms (but this will be far sparser than the guaranteed late spring show).
There are lots of varieties of oriental poppy – Goliath is the largest, with flowers of Beefeater-jacket red, but my favourite is the smaller 'Patty's Plum'. The strain I have in the garden at Stoke is especially dark like a blackcurrant sorbet!
Happy gardening and thanks for reading - Arthur
4th July 2016