A world ‘Capital of Ceramics’ is set to welcome back more top potters for a Makers Market at the historic works where Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throw Down is filmed.
After the success of the first Makers Market held at Stoke-on-Trent’s Gladstone Pottery Museum in February, an even bigger event has been lined up for this autumn with potters from across the country set to showcase their ceramics.
Well-known to viewers of the hit TV series – which ended its sixth season on 12 March – the striking bottle kilns of Gladstone will again provide the backdrop for the new Makers Market will be staged on Saturday 18 November 2023.
The February event attracted more than 2,000 people to browse the 30 stalls, and even featured wares from some former Throw Down contestants.
For the autumn showcase, the Museum, the country’s only complete Victorian pottery factory, will have more stalls from well-known ceramics makers spread across the site. More details will be released about November’s Gladstone Ceramics Makers Market in the coming months (https://bit.ly/3lspc68).
Meanwhile, the Museum itself re-opened for the 2023 season on 1 April, welcoming visitors Wednesdays to Sundays until 31 October with admission costing £8.50 for adults and £5.95 for children, 4 – 16 years.
For those inspired by the clay creations from the TV show, Gladstone provides a fascinating insight into a time when coal burning ovens made the world’s finest bone china – as well as opportunities for visitors to try their hand at throwing a pot or decorating one.
Known as the spiritual home of British ceramics – and the only city in Britain to be named after its primary industry, The Potteries – Stoke-on-Trent has been shaped by its production for centuries.
Today, as well as being the place where The Great Pottery Throw Down is filmed, it is home to a host of award-winning attractions, tours, and factory shops.
For more information on Stoke-on-Trent as a destination, see www.visitstoke.co.uk