The Blue Room

Tony Challinor, demonstrating his china painting skills at the Heritage Centre

Cynny Saddington demonstrating the transfer printing process from original Spode copper plates.

High quality art prints produced from the original copper plate engravings available for sale in the Heritage Centre Shop.

Ceramics and craft items available from local artists.

 

SPODE MUSEUM TRUST
HERITAGE CENTRE

The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre opened in 2012 in one of the period buildings on the Spode site in Stoke. It doubled in size in 2016 and expanded further in 2017 with improved Visitor Facilities, Exhibition and Gallery spaces, new Heritage Centre Shop and the Blue Willow Tea Room.

Spode Museum Heritage Centre

Opening Times

The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre is open from 3rd March 2018 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm. The Heritage Centre is open for Parties and Groups by appointment at any time. Please contact the Centre direct to make a booking.

Admission to the Heritage Centre is free and includes the main exhibition areas, demonstrations of painting and transfer printing on ceramics, the Heritage Centre Shop, and the Blue Willow Tea Room. Guided tours of the Spode factory site (dependant upon current conditions) and the Blue Room are available at all times for a small charge.

The Heritage Centre Shop sells antique and vintage Spode and Copeland ceramics, ceramics and craft items from local artists, high quality art prints reproduced from the original copperplates in the Spode Museum Trust archives, ceramic related reference books and much more.

Contact details for the Heritage Centre only are as
follows:

Address: Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, Elenora Street, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST4 1QQ.
Telephone: 01782 411421
Email: visitorcentre@spodeworks.org
Website:  Click here

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The Heritage Centre tells the story of Spode and its importance to Stoke over the 230 years of its operation, with displays of its history, working conditions and people from the 1770s up to the time it closed in 2008, when Spode was still producing world class hand-painted ceramic wares. Activities at the Centre include demonstrations by former Spode employees of printing on antique machinery from original copperplates and hand painting onto bone china.

The Blue Room

The Blue Room contains hundreds of blue transfer-printed pieces made at Spode between c.1790-1847 and is almost certainly the largest and most important collection of Blue and White printed ceramics on public display in the world.

The process for underglaze printing in blue on earthenware was perfected by Josiah Spode around 1780, revolutionising ceramic decoration, and although widely copied, Spode’s productions are considered the finest of all.

The designs on many of the items in this collection, including the first known printed Willow pattern variants on earthenware, were inspired by Chinese originals, which are shown alongside. Other designs, following early 19th Century fashions, are more European in concept - continental landscapes, hunting scenes in India, classical Greek figures, floral studies and the earliest examples of the famous ‘Spode’s Italian’ pattern; all these in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Many pieces are rare and unusual – items made for apothecaries, footbaths, bourdaloues, suckling pots, and pap boats. Also, armorial pieces made for army regiments on duty in India and across the Empire.

The Blue Willow Tea Room

Relax in this comfortable oasis and enjoy one of the many speciality teas on offer together with a slice of cake of the day.