- British Ceramics Biennial : A Great Wall
Curated by : Barney Hare Duke, Aileen McEvoy & David Newey
Produced in collaboration with : British Ceramics Confederation
Photos : Daniel Wiggins & David Newey
- A collaboration between the British Ceramics Biennial and the British Ceramics Confederation in the presentation of a range of 36 British based but international ceramics manufacturers, showcasing the breadth of the industry from: tableware, to refractory blocks, hip joints and filters used in humanitarian aid camps, presented in a striking modular display.
The Great Wall was one of the main exhibitions that I was responsible for organising as part of my time working for the BCB and was curated by myself, festival co director Barney Hare Duke and former executive office of the Arts Council for England Aileen McEvoy. We set out to create a display that not only showcased each individual product and company in the most aesthetically pleasing way, whilst also creating a larger narrative between each display that made a narrative that highlighted the diversity of modern British ceramic manufacturing.
- ABOVE : Panorama of The Great Wall (Side 1) - Situated in the main China Hall of Spode.
- ABOVE : Panorama of The Great Wall (Side 2) - Situated in the main China Hall of Spode.
- ABOVE : Aynsley - "Contemporary Florals" & "Pembroke Athens Tableware"
The Aynsley brand was established by John Aynsleyin 1775 in a small pottery in Lane End, later known as Longton. John Aynsley 2nd founded the Portland works of John Aynsley andCompany in 1861. Early production was of decorative china ‘tea wares’ followedsoon by ‘breakfast services’ and‘dessert wares’. To this day, Aynsley manufacture in Longton, producing Staffordshirefine bone china tableware and tea ware with luxurious decoration and handgilding in gold and platinum.
Fine bone china floral production has taken placewithin the Potteries for many years. Aynsley are one of few factories stillproducing handmade bone china flowers in Stoke-on-Trent.
Aynsley are extending their range of floral’swith the addition of striking new displays arranged in fine bone china cups.Each flower is individually handmade, and then fired and assembled by hand intothe cup and finally hand painted to produce the finished piece.
Most of the production from this highly skilledunit is for export with a large market in the Far East.
When Aynsley was established in 1775, tea was still a luxury from theorient with teacups in early porcelain to drink it from. The Pembroke designwas inspired in 18 th century, by one of these original orientaldesigns. Today one of the most popular Aynsley export products is the highly decoratedcollectors’ teacup and saucer range. Sold in great numbers to the far eastcompleting the circle of the design with the return to its origin.
- ABOVE : British Ceramic Tile - "Chambray Brocade"
British Ceramic Tile
Sitting on the edgeof Dartmoor in Devon, where tile manufacturing has taken place for well over acentury, British Ceramic Tile is now a market leading manufacturing operation.Following a multi-million pound investment programme, British Ceramic Tilecombines the best of British design with quality, value and a serious approachto social and environmental responsibilities.
The Chambray rangehas been designed and made in Britain by some of the UK’s leading designers .The main design of Chambray is a full tile Brocade design in raised relief witha sparkling metallic print on a contrasting background colour, giving theeffect of heavily embroidered tapestry.These feature tilesare in high contrast to the plainer field tiles and provide a real wow factor.
- ABOVE : Dudsons - "Evolution Range"
As a world leadingspecialist in the manufacture and supply of tableware to the internationalhospitality industry, Dudson integrates cutting edge design and state of theart manufacturing with a wealth of experience within the market place.Remaining a privately owned family business, the oldest in the UK tablewareindustry, Dudson continues to manufacture ceramic products at two factory sitesin Stoke-on-Trent, demonstrating ongoing commitment to quality of product andservice.
Manufacturingceramic products has traditionally been costly to the environment, with firingand glazing in particular resulting in high energy use. Until now! ‘Evolution’ is produced using 100%lead-free ThermECO glaze and is manufactured using a once-fired technology,significantly reducing the impact of production on the environment.
- ABOVE : Dudsons - "Evolution Range" - detail
- ABOVE : Dunoon - "Human Body", "Warm Hearts" and "Aqua" ranges
Dunoon is a Staffordshire based family businessproducing high quality products since 1974. Fine bone china clays from Cornwallcreate pieces which are brilliant white, translucent and resilient. Designs areby a talented in house team and freelance designers – some associated withDunoon for over 25 years.All three mug ondisplay are slip cast and use screen printed transfers, produced by a locallybased printer.
Aqua, designed byin-house designer Jane Fern, includes rich raised and textured two tone gold ona pale blue wash background. The printing takes several days to complete due tothe lengthy drying process between layers of colour, paste and golds.
Warm Hearts uses Dunoon’s new modern fine bonechina Lomond shape by in-house designer, Caroline Bessey.
The Human Body
The Human Body isone of a series of informative mugs based on in depth research by Stoke -on-Trent based designer, Caroline Dadd. This oversized mug, with its large, easyto hold handle is technically challenging to produce efficiently.
- ABOVE : Dunoon - "Warm Hearts" and "Human Body" - detail
- ABOVE : Emma Bridgewater - "Polka Dot Half Pint Mug"
Emma Bridgewaterpottery has gone from strength to strength in its 26 year history. It continuesto flourish and grow, and has become an iconic brand of ceramic manufacturewhich is sold worldwide. It proudly produces all of its ceramic ware right herein the Potteries.
“Polka DotHalf-Pint Mug”
Last year this halfpint mug design was voted a design ‘icon’ by industry awards Excellence inHousewares. It is spongeware – a century’s old hand decorating technique whichmakes each piece of ware unique. The decorators initial each mug they decorateto show their pride in the work.
Describing theinspiration behind her design, Emma explained “The Half pint mug is based on atraditional earthenware mug shape which deliberately recalls the look and feelof the kind of mug that was used in pubs to serve beer and cider. The heavyfoot is a reminder of the way the foot of a mug might be turned on a lathe tocreate a distinctive profile and also greater stability.
Polka Dot remainsone of the company’s bestselling and most collected ranges.
- ABOVE : Emma Bridgewater - "Polka Dot Half Pint Mug" - detail
- ABOVE : IBSTOCK Brick - "Linear Brick" and "BrickSheild Cladding System"
Ibstock Brick Ltd
Ibstock is the UK’slargest manufacturer of clay facing bricks and cladding materials. The companyoperates 20 brickworks across the country producing a range of over 500different bricks alone in addition to its rain screen cladding and other claywalling products. Ibstock has been at the forefront of the drive to producesustainable building materials and has invested £55 million over the past 10years in energy efficiency and environmental improvements.
Linear, is a rangeof clay bricks that are distinguished from standard bricks being manufacturedin a range of extended lengths that includes: 240mm, 290mm, 327mm and 440mm.
In the UK there areapproximately 6.6 million homes that although structurally sound, are thermallysub standard. They are classified as “hard to treat homes” because they arebuilt without cavity walls or are “system build” that cannot be easilyretrofitted with insulation.
Ibstock combine thethin bricks made at Chesterton and Ravenhead factories with the insulationexpertise of Rockwool to develop BrickShield, a product that is specificallydesigned for “hard to treat homes”, bringing them up to the latest thermalstandards.
- ABOVE : Ideal Standard - "Hygeniq Urinal"
ArmitageShanks, a brand of Ideal Standard International is a leading provider ofinnovative and design-driven bathroom solutions, producing sanitaryware and baths, as well as brassfittings, shower enclosures, valves and kits, bathroom furniture and vanityunits.
With its long experience and history of innovation, Ideal Standardcontinues to invest in advanced technology to ensure that their products arefunctional, yet aesthetically pleasing for both consumer and commercialsectors.
Ideal Standard has a long standing history of collaborationswith top designers and architects to create bathrooms that span across top end,middle and mass markets
hygenIQ - urinal
Designed by Goodwin Hartshorn. The new hygenIQurinal has a central fin cast within the bowl itself.
“ThehygenIQ will help minimize the contamination of surfaces by urine and willreduce the potential for any contaminated urine to act as a source ofinfection. This new urinal technology will form a vital part of the futurepublic washroom.” Leading biomedical scientist Dr Ron Cutler.
- ABOVE : Churchill China - "Ambience range"
Churchill is one of a few companies within theUnited Kingdom to still manufacture ceramics for the worldwide hospitality andretail sector. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Churchill dates its origins back to1795, providing local employment for over two centuries. With a thrivinggraduate recruitment process, there are now 40 graduates in the company.
A family company for many years, the Roper familystill hold a significant share in the business.
A stylish and elegant range of finer,lighter Alchemy plates and beverage pieces. Designed to evolve and complimentthe existing Alchemy range to create the ultimate fine dining experience.
Every plate has an ultra low profile with a defined well and a raised inner rimto frame the food and enhance the use of sauces, perfectly finishing each dish.The Alchemy White Beverage pieces perfectly enhance and integrate with thiscollection.
- ABOVE : Moorcroft - "Queens Choice Vase" and "Staffordshire Hoard Vase"
The first pieces of Moorcroft were designed in 1897 and theMoorcroft’s manufacturing process has barely changed. The only exception is thattoday an electrical kiln is used, rather than the original 1913 bottle oventhat looms above the factory.
Thousands of visitors come to Moorcroft Heritage Visitorcentre in Burslem each year, seeing at first hand the diverse skills that areneeded to create a piece of Moorcroft.
Through the vision of the Moorcroft Design Studio and withadded value coming from the experience, skills and craftsmanship of a dedicatedStoke-on-Trent workforce, Moorcroft is selling more of its magnificent warethan ever before. With a strong belief in its own destiny, Moorcroft has anever-increasing reputation for being a design lead company, renowned worldwidefor its quality and innovation.
Queens Choice prestige numberededition vase
2011 marks the 10th anniversary of this renowneddesign, described by many as “quintessentially Moorcrcoft”
Inspired by the words of Titania, Queen of the fairies inShakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream
Hop in his walks and gambol in his eyes, Feed him with apricots anddewberries,
With purple grapes, green figs and mulberries, The honey bags stealfrom the humble-bee.
Designer Emma Bosson FRSA crafted something enchantinglybeautiful. In celebration of the anniversary of the design Moorcroft createdone of its largest art pottery vases to date. The original 2001 design isenhanced with honey bees, glow worms and no less than fifteen butterfliesdancing and fluttering among the colour clusters of ripe fruit.
Staffordshire Gold Vase
Taking inspiration from the Staffordshire Hoard the remarkablecollection of Anglo Saxon gold and silver unearthed from a field inStaffordshire in 2010, Moorcroft designer Alicia Amison has created thiswonderful new design.
- ABOVE : Johnsons Tiles - "Ceramic Street Sign"
Established in 1901 at Cobridge,Johnson Tiles quickly outgre its first premises and moved to the Alfred Meakin& Co., Highgate complex in Tunstall during 1910. The company grew by theprocess of acquisition and merger to become one of the largest manufacturers inthe world.
In 2001 the company moved to thepresent site in Harewood Street, Tunstall following an investment over £35 millionin a purpose designed, state of the art manufacturing facility. The company hasbuilt a reputation as being innovative and design leading whilst being one ofthe most environmentally responsible in the industry today.
“Durst Pictocer HD Digital Plotter”
Johnson Tiles have used digitalinkjet processes to decorate tiles for several years and in May 2011 installeda Durst Pictocer Plotter to decorate individual tiles, profiled tiles andfittings plus bespoke tile panels and murals. The new equipment is the onlyinstallation of its type in the United Kingdom and one of the first in theworld.
The new process revolutionisesceramic surface decoration by being able to replicate anything fromphotographs, natural stones to any art medium. The technology allows thedecoration of individual tiles to individual tiles or large panels or murals.
The possibilities of this new processare limited only by the imagination.
- ABOVE : Jacuzzi UK - "Victorian Lavatory" and "New Model Basin"
Jacuzzi UKis one of the most prestigious Bathroom manufacturers producing high qualitybathing and hydrotherapy products including the world famous Jacuzzi baths andHot Tubs. Jacuzzi UK Group wasestablished in 2000 and is part of the successful Global business manufacturingin Europe and the US. Head Office andone of the group’s factories are based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, manufacturingAcrylic Standard, Free Standing and Whirlpool Baths and Astracast CompositeSinks. A further factory is situated in the heart of the Potteries at NewcastleUnder Lyme in Staffordshire, a bench casting sanitary ware plant specializingin high quality, complex, contemporary and traditional sanitaryware.
The historyof the site started in 1972 in Hanley at the Broom Street site known asBalterley Bathrooms. In 1982 the Company expanded and acquired the currentNewcastle under Lyme site. Over the coming years there were several namechanges and acquisitions and in 1986 was acquired by Bradford based Spring RamCorporation.
The finalname change occurred in 2000 when the business was acquired by Jacuzzi UK.
Recentlythe site has diversified into manufacture of fine fire clay producing kitchendrainers to compliment the composite and steel kitchen sinks produced at itsBradford site and factory in Malta. This has maximized the sites capacity.
Victorian Close couplepan and Cistern in Victorian Garden Decoration
ThisVictorian water closet and cistern is the very epitome of the traditionalbathroom. Confident square forms with distinctive splash backs firmly show thedetail and quality achieved by the skilled team of workers.
The handdecorating of the floral pattern is again a time consuming task and iscarefully undertaken so that a perfect example of the original design isreplicated.
Thiscombination is a good representation of the early beginnings of the pottery atNewcastle under Lyme and can also be produced in blue pattern or plain white.
Veya Basin andPedestal
This Veyabasin and pedestal was chosen to represent the technical and production skillsbeing employed at Jacuzzi UK to achieve such a distinctive yet organic design.
The finenessof the basin and the distinctive sweep of the pedestal in a seeminglycontinuous line into the basin is a great achievement considering thedifficulties in maintaining excellent dimensional tolerances in the ceramicmanufacturing process.
Uniquemethods are employed in the kiln firing to ensure all of the Veya suitessculptured lines are maintained.
- ABOVE : Fairey Filtration Systems - "Star Cep Membranes"
Fairey Filtration Systems
Fairey Filtration Systems Limited is part of thetechnical ceramics division of the MANTEC group of companies, a diverse group,manufacturing both consumer and industrial products.
Fairey Filtration Systems Limited produces a widerange of technical porous ceramic products including tubes, tiles and discs forapplications such as filtration, cross flow, microfiltration, fluidisation,aeration and diffusion, among other.
All ceramicsproducts are manufactured in house at the factory in Longton
The Star-Sep™ ceramicmembrane filter
The filterchannel’s unique ‘star’ form increases the filtration area and inducesturbulence at lower crossflow velocities. This results in a reduction of thepumping energy requirement, substantially improving cost effectiveness.
Fairey FiltrationSystems Ltd supplies porous ceramic media that are chemically inert, stable andavailable in a variety of grades, with temperature capabilities of 900°C.
- ABOVE : Weinerberger - "Telford Brindle Brick"
With 229 plants in 27 countries, Wienerberger is the world's largestproducer of bricks and number one in the European clay roof tile market. Italso holds leading positions in paver markets across Central and EasternEurope.
Wienerberger has been present in the UK for a number of years and isparticularly known for its Terca facingbricks, including Baggeridge andDesimpel brands and more recentlythe acquisition of Sandtoft Roof Tiles.Today, it offers one of the broadest product portfolios in the UK, from clayfacing bricks (stock and wire-cut) and specialist engineering bricks, throughdomestic and commercial pavers, to the cladding system and a full range of clay, concrete and slate roofing products. CoriumPorotherm, the precision engineered clay block walling system popularacross Europe for more than 30 years, was introduced to the UK market in 2009
Telford Brindle Brick
The new Telford Brindle brick is a smoothfinished facing brick which has a tonal range from deep blue through purple toblue/brown.
The distinctive colour is due to composition ofthe local clay which is high in iron, giving brick its characteristic bluefinish after firing. The subtle tonal distinctions are due to kiln temperatureand conditions in which the brick is made.
Corium Cladding System
Corium is a unique brick cladding system thatcombines brick with a cost effective fast track installation. It offers afacing brick finish for projects where a cladding system is required ratherthan traditional masonry.
The Corium system compromises genuine bricktiles, specially designed to fix mechanically to an HPS200 galvanised steelbacking section. An innovative and versatile solution, Corium brings excitingnew colour and texture combinations to the construction industry. Patented inthe UK and Worldwide; and fully industry tested and approved.
- ABOVE : Morgan Technical Ceramics - "Ceramic Hip Joint"
Morgan Ceramics (combines Morgan TechnicalCeramics and Morgan Thermal Ceramics businesses) uses competences in materialscience and applications engineering to manufacture custom products fordemanding environments.
· Insulatingfibre, insulating bricks and monolithics
· Ceramiccores for complex turbine blades
· Componentsfor electron tubes
· Feedthroughsfor medical implants
· Piezoelectricceramic actuators
Ceramic Hip Joints for the Medical Industry
Morgan Technical Ceramics – Rugby (MTC) has been developingimplantable ceramic components for the orthopaedic community for more than 25years. Using material expertise, combined with design excellence, MTC havedeveloped unique solutions for customers such as anti-luxation femoral headsand acetabular cups, large diameter bearings including innovative boundingtechnology and resurfacing components.
- ABOVE : Ceramic Gas Products - "Gas Fire Radiants" & "Ultralite Kiln Base Insulation Material"
Ceramic Gas Products
Ceramic GasProducts focuses its manufacturing and marketing strategy on its unique andinnovative loose fill insulation technology Ultralite, it’s Gas Fire Radiant’sand Electrical Porcelains.
“Ultralite Energy Efficient Loose-fillInsulation Material”
Ultralite ,a uniquelightweight refractory material with excellent thermal insulation properties,saves significant energy and other costs within the table ware, sanitary wareand brick manufacturing industries. It replaces the traditional fibreinsulation infill within kiln bases without the Health and Safety implicationsof ceramic fibres. Ultralite is used in applications such as boiler and furnaceinsulation, kiln wall cavity insulation, as a brick refractory, acoustic noiseinsulation and passive fire protection.
“Ceramic Gas FireRadiant’s”
Ceramic GasProducts Ltd is the only UK based manufacturer to manufacture a full range ofgas fire radiant’s for global brand leaders .
- ABOVE : "Ultralite Kiln Base Insulation Material" - detail
- ABOVE : Hanson UK "EcoStock Brick" & "LockClad System"
Hanson is the UK’s largest supplier of heavy buildingmaterials to the construction industry. Hanson produce aggregates (crushedrock, sand and gravel), ready-mixed and precast concrete, asphalt andcement-related materials and a range of building products. Part of the globalHeidelberg Cement Group, Hanson’s UK business is split into three businesslines – quarry products, building products and cement – which together operateover 300 manufacturing sites and employ some 5,600 people.
From process to product, the new Hanson Ecostock® range is the most environmentally friendlystock brick range in the UK.
Produced at our Measham plant, the Ecostock® range reflects the future demands of manufacturingand the environment, offering advanced colour consistency, dimensional accuracyand quality.
Cutting edge technology produces exceptionalquality bricks and reduces energy consumption by up to 50%.
The Hanson Red Bank LockClad system providesan external rainscreen façade and is suitable for most types ofconstruction, including:
· Concrete buildings
· Steelframed buildings
- ABOVE : Royal Crown Derby - "Sudbury Tableware", "Ruche" & "Avra Elephants"
Royal Crown Derby
Royal Crown Derby was established in 1750 producing English Fine BoneChina tableware, vases and ornaments. Each piece is decorated by hand,making every piece subtly different and therefore a unique piece.
From the making of the bone china body, to the finished pieces, all ofthe Sudbury ware is made at Royal Crown Derby in Derby. Sudbury is a newpattern designed by Jane James on an old shape. Inspired by British tapestry and embroidery, the everlasting combinationof cobalt blue in glaze, sparkling white bone china and burnished gold showtrue ceramic qualities at their best.
Ruche was designed by the well known fashion designer, Bruce Oldfield.Launched earlier this year, it’s the result of over a year of development.
Ruche in some ways looks fairly simple, but as with Sudbury the skillin perfecting this look and achieving Royal Crown Derby quality is huge.
Royal Crown Derby is known for its paperweights – usually threedimensional animals and birds with stylised shapes and decoration. This newcollection of Indian Elephants is maybe simpler in colouring but plays withsimple raised gold work against in glaze colours. The use of in glaze meansthat the gold sits beautifully on the surface of the colours, every line sharpand true.
- ABOVE : Royal Crown Derby - "Avra Elephants" - detail
- ABOVE : Spode - "Blue Italian"
Spode has been creating iconic designs since itwas founded in 1770 by Josiah Spode.
Always a technically innovative and inspiringcompany, Spode redefined the pottery industry in the 18th Century with:
· The developmentof a winning formula for fine bone china.
· Theperfection of blue under-glaze printing which resulted in the launch of BlueItalian in 1816.
In 2009 Portmeirion Group acquired the Spodebrand after it had fallen into administration. Since then Portmeirion Group hasreturned the manufacture of the iconic Blue Italian range from the Far East backto its factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
Launched in 1816, and in continuous productionever since, Blue Italian is an iconic and quintessentially British design. Itis one of the collections that secured Spode’s reputation as a leader in theceramic industry.
- ABOVE : WWRD - "Anthemion Blue"
WWRD is a leading provider of luxury home and lifestyleproducts sold worldwide under a number of well-recognized brands, includingWaterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, Minton and Johnson Brothers.
Anthemion Blue is a prestige tableware collection using neo-classicaliconography and retailing at £125 per plate. It's opulent, rich cobaltblue background contrasts with its lavish burnished gold decoration to createthe ultimate luxury for the table.
- ABOVE : WWRD - "Anthemion Blue" - detail
- ABOVE : Denby - "Halo" & "Imperial Blue"
DenbyPottery has been created from local clay at its original site in the
heart of Derbyshire for over 200 years. Initially producing domestic
wares, bottles and jars Denby has evolved into a producer of both classic
and contemporary tableware for the UK and abroad.
Denby’s signature is richly coloured glazes from classic 'Imperial Blue' to
recently introduced 'Halo', which epitomises glaze techniques handed down
through generations. Distinctive and practical, Denby is inherently strong
being safe for use in the oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer. Thekey
values of craftsmanship, quality and design still underpin every piece of
tableware Denby produce.
In a vibrantblue and crisp white Imperial Blue is Denby’s most iconic range. Designed in1989, Imperial Blue continues to be a best seller for Denby. Inspired by thecompany’s much loved and long running Cottage Blue pattern of the 1920’s,Imperial Blue has evolved over the years to meet contemporary dining needswhilst always retaining its integrity and quality. Made at its factory inDerbyshire, the range epitomises Denby’s straight forward approach to design tocreate pottery for well presented food for all occasions. By popular demand therange is extensive for maximum choice – there are over 30 pieces for eating,drinking, serving and cooking to meet contemporary requirements and new itemsare constantly being added.
Epitomising all that is uniquely Denby, “Halo” tableware isthe result of skills passed down through generations. Creating sophisticatedbalance between contemporary design and traditional hand crafted pottery,“Halo” has the ability to suit a wide range of interior styles. Each piece iseither dipped of painted by hand by skilled craftspeople to produce an effectwhich is captured by Denby at its best.
- ABOVE : Burgess, Dorling & Leigh - "Asiatic Pheasant" & "Calico"
Ketley Brick Co. - "Diamond Chequered Pavers"
Burgess, Dorling& Leigh
Burleigh isone of the last manufacturers of transfer printed ceramics, where designs aretransferred from a hand engraved copper roller onto tissue paper and then ontopottery. An English method that most Staffordshire Potteries were using in thelate 18 th and 19 th Centuries, to make everyday wares,Burleigh has kept the tradition alive in a Victorian pottery using originalmethods and machinery.
The Calicopattern first went into production in 1968. Calico’s deep blue print was bornout of the late 60’s / early 70’s love of Edwardian style nostalgia. It remainsa well loved pattern the world over.
Aquintessentially English design and one of Burleigh’s best selling patternswhich has been in production at Burleigh’s for over 150 years, an enduringpattern which has survived successfully through the generations changing littleexcept for some of its shapes to meet contemporary lifestyles.
Ketley Brick Co. Ltd
Ketley BrickCo. Ltd is part of a long established family business based in the heart of theBlack Country. The parent company was founded in 1805 and manufacture’sDreadnought roof tiles as well as Staffordshire Blue engineering bricks andpavers. All the products made in this traditional factory are recognised fortheir durability and colour. Uniquely Ketley bricks are of “Class A” fromEtruria Marl clay sourced from clay pits ½ a mile from the factory.
Diamond Chequered Paver
All the products manufactured by the company have retainedtheir original traditional characteristics and are true heritage products.An authentic product. The deep impressions pressed into thesurface are typical of the original pavers made over 100 years ago. The Ketleyclay pavers have passed the ultimate test “the test of time”
- ABOVE : Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC - "Charnwood Handmade St Pancras Red"
Michelmersh BrickHoldings PLC
As part ofMichelmersh Brick Holdings PLC, Charnwood is the producer of traditionally madebricks and specials. Charnwood offer a rivalled range of colours, shapes andsizes, offering complete flexibility of manufacture. The colour blends arelimitless and they are able to produce bespoke blends for truly individualprojects. The quality of their unique handmade bricks makes them perfect for somany projects.With five UK sites in their portfolio, offering a range of machinemade and handmade bricks and tiles, Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC are the onlyUK owned volume brick manufacturer in the UK, and proud to be Britain’s BrickSpecialists.
Charnwoodhand made St Pancras red
Aspecialist bespoke brick made as part of the restoration project of the StPancras Hotel an iconic London landmark grade one listed building. The workdemanded detailed research the brief was to match as closely as possible theoriginal components. The facing brick had to be made from the same clay as theoriginals, patterns, profiles and sizes were all replicated. All bricks werehand-made and thrown traditionally with the brick makers initials in the frogof each brick.
- ABOVE : Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC - "Charnwood Handmade St Pancras Red" - detail
- ABOVE : Naylor Drainage - "Denlok Pipe" & "Hearthernware Ball Mills"
Naylor Drainage Ltd
Naylor Drainage PLC, founded in 1890, is a Barnsley basedfourth generation family business. Until the 1990’s the business remainedfocused entirely on traditional clay drainage systems, but since then thebusiness has trebled in size by diversifying into areas such as jacking pipesfor trenchless installation, chemical drainage, industrial ceramics andlatterly even flower pots (Naylor’s Yorkshire Flowerpots offer a uniquelifetime frost guarantee). Some 250 people are employed on sites in Barnsley,South Yorkshire, Ossett West Yorkshire, Tipton and Fife.
Denlok is a high performance claypipe which can be installed through trenchless methods – i.e. without needingto dig a trench. This has considerable advantages in terms of reduced surfacedisruption – traffics and environmental impacts are minimised.The product has been used worldwidesince Naylor launched it in the early 1980’s, with major schemes in the MiddleEast, SE Asia and Australasia all installing Denlok, made in Yorkshire.
Hearthernware Ball Mills
Hearthernware is a range of high performance clay pipes andindustrial ceramics with extreme heat and chemical resistance properties.The business was acquired in the 1990’s, being re-launchedsome years later a after marketing and product development overhaul.The product lends itself to processes where hot or chemicallyaggressive effluents arise. Naylor have considerable production flexibilitywhich allows the production of bespoke items for specific customerrequirements. Products are sold worldwide, with chemical plants in continentalEurope being the source of much repeat business.
- ABOVE : Royal Stafford - "Art of Entertaining", "Classic Century" & "Cities in Sketch"
Royal Stafford brings British design and British manufactureto the house wares ceramics market. The company offers innovative designs for anew decade whilst bringing together expertise of market knowledge andcraftsmanship across both in house collections of ceramic table ware andbespoke ranges for client nationally and internationally who benefit from timehonoured potting skills combined with modern manufacturing techniques.Innovation and original design is the cornerstone that is helping to add styleto dining tables around the world.
Classic Century by Eva Zeisel
Internationally known for her organic modernist ceramic works,Eva Zeisel is truly one of the foremost designers of the Twentieth century. In2004 she began her relationship with Royal Stafford selecting the best itemsfrom the original block moulds used for both the Classic and Century shapesfrom the 1950’s, from these a collection called Classic Century was recreatedby the fine earthernware manufacturer, Royal Stafford of Burslem, Stoke onTrent.
Art of Entertaining and Cities inSketch by Andrew Tanner
Through his award winning designs,Andrew Tanner successfully brings craft and design together and finds harmonybetween traditional values and modern appetites. The Art of Entertainingcollection draws upon his love of food, art and design and his Cities in Sketchdraw inspiration from quick sketches from travel journals that capture a momentand retain a memory of places visited. The hand drawn images with block colouroffer a contemporary feel.
- ABOVE : Royal Stafford - "Classic Century" - detail
- ABOVE : Portmerion - "Botanics" & "Magic Garden Graphite Coffee Pot"
Royal Worcester - "Painted Fruits"
Portmeirion was founded in 1960 by the legendary pottery designer SusanWilliams-Ellis. Susan’s philosophy was to create collections that were not onlybeautiful but also functional, and this philosophy lives on at Portmeirion.Always at the forefront of contemporary design, Portmeirion is renownedfor its originality in design which has led to the launch of many trend settingdesigns – designs that are now seen as, or set to be, iconic.Portmeirion expects its casual dining designs to fit comfortably witheveryday life – today a requirement of every contemporary consumer – and isdevoted to producing stunning, unique and quality pieces.
Botanic Garden, with its stunning floral motifs and green leaf border,is one of Portmerion’s most recognised designs and is now seen as an icon ofBritish ceramic design and manufacturing.In 1972 Susan Williams-Ellis, the founder of Portmerion and creator ofthe Botanic Garden, shook the ceramic world with the launch of a tablewarecollection using stunning floral motifs. Such vivid colours and intricatedetail had never been seen on ceramic tableware before. It also encapsulatedthe new mood for casual dining, dispensing with the old formalities andbringing a new design philosophy to the marketplace. It became an instantsuccess and has become a classic of British design and hailed as the world’smost popular floral casual tableware design.Today Botanic Garden earthenware is made using the finely tuned skillsof a 500 strong UK workforce. In fact each Botanic Garden piece passes through22 loving pairs of hands before it is ready to make its journey to ananticipating customer. It continues to lead the British ceramic manufacturingpath with an unrivalled white body and inherent quality that promises to delightowners year after year. After 39 years it remains at the forefront of a growingexport business with enthusiasts in such diverse countries as Korea, USA andItaly.Botanic Garden has become loved worldwide and recognised by many assynonymous with great British design and manufacturing – an innovator and aclassic that, with new shapes and motifs, has remained as fresh and excitingtoday as it was in 1972.
Magic Garden Graphite
Incelebration of Portmeirion’s 50th Anniversary in 2010, Portmeirion produced thePortmeirion Originals collection inspired by the iconic archive designs ofSusan Williams-Ellis, the founder of Portmeirion. The lead piece in thecollection was the Magic Garden Graphite Coffee Pot. A limitededition of 500, this piece was inspired by the fascinatingdiscovery of a coffee pot found deep in Portmeirion's archivefeaturing the hand drawn design of Magic Garden, pencilled by SusanWilliams-Ellis herself. This piece, made at Portmeirion's factory inStoke-on-Trent, illustrates Portmeirion's outstanding contribution to greatBritish design.
Royal Worcester is a quintessentially English brand and one of theoldest remaining pottery brands still in existence today.
It grew up in the Heart of England in the cathedral city of Worcester,nestling between a mixture of mature woodland, meandering river valleys, fruitorchards and abundant farmland which inspired the design of many of its rangessuch as Painted Fruit and Evesham Gold.
Royal Worcester has continuously adapted to our changing lifestyles andfashions, and today, under Portmeirion Group’s ownership, Royal Worcester has adiverse range of products from prestige collections to classic everyday ware togifts that people across the globe adore.
Painted fruit is an exclusive range of ornamental pieces, each uniquelycrafted in the time honoured tradition of Royal Worcester fruit painting.
Made and decorated in Stoke on Trent and Worcester, combing the inherenttalents of these two areas, Painted Fruit is a collection of individual piecesthat are cherished by collectors across the globe.
Royal Worcester has developed theheritage of painting fruit for over two centuries and the decoration of eachpiece of Painted Fruit is a unique work of art having been fastidiously paintedby hand.
The beauty of Painted Fruit canonly be achieved thanks to the artistic skills of the craftsmen and womeninvolved in its creation – painters can train for seven years before beingready to take their place in line with the great Worcester artists of the past.
The artist uses a palette oftranslucent colours and applies layer after layer of colour. After each layerthe item is fired thus building up the strength of the colour giving PaintedFruit its unique depth and intensity and the design its three dimensionalquality.
The fine skills of burnishers andgilders are used to complete these masterpieces with 22 carat gold.
The manufacturing process of these pieces ismeticulous so much so that any piece may take three months to complete.
- ABOVE : Portmerion - "Botanics"
- ABOVE : Sandtoft - "Arcadia", "Barrow" & "Cassius" Roof Tiles
Sandtoft Roof TilesLtd
Part of theWeinerberger group, Sandtoft offers the UK’s largest and most diverse portfolioof roof tiles and accessories. In clay, concrete or slate, as well as theKoramic range of clay roof tiles.In additionto traditional plain tiles, pan tiles and slates, the Sandtoft range includessome of the industry’s most innovative products such as New Generation whichmake clay roof more affordable.Its renowned Heritage Service makes tiles and fittings toorder and offers bespoke to handmade solutions for restoration projects.
The Cassius is a new generation clay tile that puts a wholenew perspective on using natural materials on the roof.It dramatically cuts the cost of a natural clay roof helpingto make colour permanent, natural roofing materials more affordable.Cassius is a large format pressed clay tile, fired with aceramic finish. This creates a slate colour and appearance that is bothextremely durable and colour permanent. Cassius is a thin leading edge tilethat creates an attractive clay roof, while its large format size andinterlocking design reduce material and installation costs.It provides a cost effective alternative to traditional slateand fibre cement products.Like all the roof tiles in the new generation range Cassiuswas designed in house by our own engineering team.They are pressed from plaster moulds to maintain the shapeand the quality of the tiles interlocks. Quality controls exceed the statedlimits to ensure the fit of the products on the roof. The range is manufacturedin a new state of the art factory, one the largest investments in the UKroofing industry. The process is fully automatic with robot setting andpacking.
Developed to match a reclaimed weathered pantile. It providesthe look of an aged pantile from the day it is installed on the roof. Itreplicates the charm and character of reclaimed pantiles.Sandtoft employs its experience with engobes and dry powdersto replicate a weathered, aged tile by applying them to the surface of the clayprior to pressing. Once fired the mixture of powders and engobes give the looka tile of 60 years of age.
Barrow Traditional Plain Tile
The Barrow Plain Tile and Alban Plain Tile are two new rangesof traditional clay plain tiles designed products to complement our currentplain tile offering. Machine made but with a handcrafted finish these tiles areavailable in a variety of traditional colours.They are produced using advanced manufacturing techniques,which give each tile a sanded, rough surface and reclaimed look.Various blends of sand and pigments are applied and pressedinto the tile to create colour and texture. We have developed many newtechniques for varying the finish of our productsThe Barrow tile is available in 4 traditional colours whilethe Alban range incorporates the “sussex Blend” which features a mix of red andbrown tones, and the “Vintage Blend” offering random shades of red and black togive an authentic weathered appearance.The Barrow and Alban have been produced using over 100 yearsof roofing expertise and to meet the increasing demand for traditional clayroof tiles. With a total of six new colour available, they can meet anyarchitectural requirement and will give warmth, charm and character to anyroof.
- ABOVE : Sandtoft - "Barrow" & "Arcadia" Roof Tiles - detail
- ABOVE : Sandtoft - "Arcadia" roof tiles - detail
- ABOVE : Steelite International : "Terramessa"
Steelite International is a world-leading manufacturer andsupplier of award-winning, inspirational tabletop ranges for the internationalhospitality industry. The company’s core chinaware products are manufactured atits factory in Stoke-on-Trent. In addition to worldwide geographical coveragetrading with over 130 countries, Steelite International’s business spans anumber of industry sectors including commercial catering, leisure andhospitality market.Steelite International is a member of The Green Organisationthat rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world and theStaffordshire Business and Environmental Network, which aims to help localbusinesses reduce environmental impact while also generating profits.
Terramessa (from earth to table) was designed and developedto satisfy an identified market demand for ranges that complement good, honest,uncomplicated food. Its inspiration came from the traditional stoneware andartisan earthenware bought up to date through the use of contemporary yethighly functional shapes, suitable for general use in the hospitality markets.The look is at once, clean and earthy, the warm coloursaccentuating “homely” menus. The combination of four complementary colours addsa casual dimension and the hand finished reactive edging adding to each piecesindividuality. Terramessa is designed to look good and perform exceptionallywell with all cuisine types.Terramessa has been chosen by world renowned chef Feran Adriato present his brand new Tapas concept in Barcelona.
- ABOVE : Taylor Tunnicliff - "Bullers Rings" & Calibrator
Taylor Tunnicliff Ltd.
Longton based Taylor Tunnicliff Ltd , founded in1867, specialises in the manufacture of “industry standard” Buller’s rings andDiscs
“Buller’s Rings /Pyrometric Rings”
“Buller’s rings” are utilised by many of theworld’s leading Table ware, Sanitary ware and Refractory manufacturers tomeasure the “heat work” in the kiln, giving an independent, accurate andreliable indication that the firing of the product is unaffected by anyvariations in temperature and kiln loading.
- ABOVE : W H Collier - "Primrose Specials"
W H Collier Ltd
W H CollierLtd has been making handmade bricks on the same site at Marks Tey since 1863.Originally supplying brick into the Colchester area and as transport improvedto London area. W H CollierLtd produces some 500,000 handmade bricks per year to a variety of projects:Restoration:e.g. Windsor Castle, Worth AbbeyRenovation:e.g. St Edmundsbury CathedralSpecialShapes: British Standard and purpose made specials from architects drawings orthe original brick.New Build:For the discerning client who wants a brick build home to admireInternal Features: Small bricks (briquettes) have been usedto build feature fireplaces through fashion changes.
“Medieval Chimney at St EdmundsburyCathederal, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk”Brick Type: Primrose
The medieval Church of St James in the grounds of the Abbeyof Bury St. Edmunds was nominated in 1914 as the cathedral for Suffolk. Workbegan in 1959 to enlarge the church for use as a cathedral. Between 1963 and1970 the East end was completely rebuilt, but funds ran out and on the concretebase for a future tower could be constructed. Sufficient funding was thenraised to enable the project to continue in the new millennium. The mainbuilding work was the construction of a 150 ft stone lantern tower which wascompleted in 2005. Other project also included a small chapel, transept andboiler house chimney. It was decided that the chimney would be a medieval design.Once the overall design was agreed W H Collier were involved in providing abrick which would blend with the stone of the cathedral and brick used in therefractory build which was no longer available.The standard of craftsmanship within the cathedral project isto a high standard and the chimney build was no exception.The chimney is supported on a brick chamber (built earlier),enclosing circular stairs and the boiler flue, which starts at crypt level andterminates with a turret roof and access door. Building the chimney commencedwith the chamber built to the base of the shaft. The moulded bricks of the leadcovered string courses were omitted, to avoid damage, and cut and set in oncompletion.In reducing the square to the octagon for the shaft it becamedifficult to maintain English Bond but solved by ensuring a central header, onall faces, and cutting specials to fit. The 1B, octagonal shaft was raised 40courses to the underside of the corbels; it is necessary to appreciate the careneeded as the existing steel flue, reaching full height, interrupted the normalprocesses of checking the octagon and levelling the courses. The five ofcorbelling (to increase to 1½B) were laid with accurate sharpness and finallybedding of the eight projectiles, extending 250mm, proved to be demanding anddifficult to tail down in lime mortar.Throughout, the chimney is consistent in its accuracy and theharmony of the bed and cross-joints with the texture of the bricks clearlyindicating the skills of the craftsmen. The work was the final chapter of astory that was written not with pen and paper, but with trowels and bricks,illustrated with a chimney that will be admired for many generations.
- ABOVE : Wade "Ceramic Decanters"
WadeCeramics is the foremost manufacturer of Ceramic Decanters in the worldsupplying over 250,000 bottles per year to the spirits industry, predominatelyScottish Whisky.All the Productsare manufactured in Stoke-on-Trent in the brand new state of the art facilityopened in 2010.The products can be seen in almost every airport all over theworld and is an icon for the ceramic industry in Stoke-on-Trent.
Wade Ceramics is the foremost manufacturer of CeramicDecanter in the world supplying over 2,500,000 bottles per year to the spiritsindustry, predominantly Scottish Whiskey.All the products are manufactured in Stoke-on-Trent in thebrand new state of the art facility opened in 2010.The products can be seen in almost every airport all over theworld and is an icon for the ceramics industry in Stoke-on-Trent.
- ABOVE : York Hand Made Bricks "Old Clamp Blend" & "Specials"
York Hand MadeBricks
The York Handmade Brick Companyis based in Alne just north of York and has been making bricks here for over 70 years. Since 1988 when the company wasestablished, we have spent almost £2million inbuilding and maintaining the most up-to-date facilities for producing our individual, handmade products. York Handmade Brick hasreceived wide acclaim for its products, winningawards such as the Supreme Brick Award, Craftsmanship Award andPublic Building Award. Our range now extendsbeyond handmade bricks: terracotta floor tiles, landscape pavers, garden edgingsand various specials are proving popular additions. Examples of our productscan be seen in our new showroom, with various ancillarymaterials - mortars, pipes, gutters and other related fittings.
Old Clamp Blend
York Handmade Brick’s Old Clamp Bend demonstrates how Britaincan still manufacture in 2011 bricks of the beauty and appeal of bricks madeover a century ago. The random texture, shades of colour as well as thevariation of the attributes between different bricks leaves a perception thatthese bricks are a cladding system of genuine charm and character as well asall the benefits that are associated with a brick manufactured with theassistance of some of the best technology available to the ceramic industry inEurope 2011.
This product demonstrates the versatility of brick and howthe UK can manufacture ceramic products to the highest specification of eventhe most imaginative designers. It can be tailored to a range of colours, sizesand textures allowing building designers to reinforce their vision for thebuilding by appropriate cladding material. The Maxima product combines anunusual size and colour with a weathered texture leaving the observer with theimpression that the building spans the divide between the culturedsophistication of the historic and the bold energy of the modern.