In recent years the industry has been characterised by a period of decline and yet this weekend shows just how important the city and the surrounding area remains and how much high-quality manufacturing still takes place in The Potteries.
Best described as 'DIY on a plate', the Royal Stafford Ceramic Cafe and Bridgwater Pottery Cafe both allow visitors to paint their own designs on cups, saucers and plates, and to therefore return home with an original souvenir from The Potteries.
Hayward argues convincingly that product development and constant refinement of manufacturing processes helped Medalta and Medicine Hat Potteries adapt to a shifting market and capitalize on technological changes that reduced costs, particularly the cost of labour.
The series of strikes and walkouts by workers at several clay products factories in 1947, which culminated in a long and bitter strike at Medalta Potteries, is viewed as a crucial turning point in the fortunes of the industry.
During the late 1700s, new canals and roads were built to facilitate the transportation of clay and coal to the Potteries and take the finished products to market.
By the end of the nineteenth century, Staffordshire potteries were producing an extensive range of decorated household and ornamental wares, as well as more prosaic functional goods such as industrial porcelains, toilets, sinks, chimney pots, and tiles for floors, walls, and roofs.
The Staffordshire Potteries were a region apart - "a most unusual impression of provincial remoteness, an impression heightened by their odd littleness and shabbiness" is how J.
The Potteries "odd littleness" is an altogether peculiar construct since the size of firms in the Potteries was very large indeed - in the mid-century the average workforce in region's 180 companies was 167 although the twenty-five largest pottery firms (all vertically integrated in a series of little workrooms) employed over 500 while the biggest (Mintons and Davenport) had more than 1,000 workers apiece.
Stern does effectively trace the reluctance to innovate and the failure to mechanize on the part of Trenton potters, which weakened their bargaining positions and provided a market edge to East Liverpool potteries
In 1989 he travelled to Japan with the Indo-Japanese Bonsai Association and worked with a Japanese studio potter and, the next year, joined an Indo-Japanese cultural exchange programme when he was able to visit several potteries
ROCKINGHAM Pottery is probably the most misunderstood of all potteries
A unique exhibition is being organised to celebrate the work of artists from The Potteries
At first, these glazes were bought from the Staffordshire potteries
but, later, Linthorpe began mixing their own.
The designs were innovative and many artists left other potteries
to come and work for Pilkington, which specialised in lustre and other exotic looking glazes.
Perhaps the South Wales Pottery at Llanelli is one of the most unusual potteries
from a collecting point of view in that its most recently-made products have always been the most sought-after.