Stoke-on-Trent & The Potteries set for starring role in colourful new movie

Stoke-on-Trent and The Potteries are set for big screen stardom next month as one of the key locations for a new movie about one of the world’s most influential ceramic artists.

Sky Original movie, The Colour Room, based on the rise to fame of one of city’s most famous former residents, acclaimed ceramicist Clarice Cliff, was filmed on location in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire earlier this year.

Starring Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton) as Clarice, alongside Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game) as her husband, Colley Shorter, the movie hits cinema screens, Sky Cinema and streaming service NOW on 12 November 2021.

As well as being one of the UK’s most prolific and important ceramicists, Cliff is also celebrated for how she broke the glass ceiling and revolutionised the workplace in the 20th century.

Best known for her innovative, colour-rich designs, the name Clarice Cliff is synonymous not only with The Potteries, but also with Art Deco and geometric patterns, and she is now admired and collected the world over.

The Colour Room follows Clarice’s journey to stardom in the area’s pottery industry in the 1920s, before she went on to become one of the most famous Art Deco designers in the world.

Partly filmed on location in Stoke-on-Trent, where she was born and learned her trade – now often called the ‘world capital of ceramics’ – it’s the first major role for Phoebe since she shot to stardom in the worldwide Netflix hit, Bridgerton.

And fittingly, many of the locations used reflect the streets and potteries that Clarice would have known as she worked her way up from humble beginnings to become a pioneering icon of ceramics, in what was very much a man’s world.

Today, visitors can still follow in her footsteps by visiting potteries almost unchanged since the 1800s, see world-class ceramic displays, and even have a go at pottery throwing themselves, at a host of attractions across Stoke-on Trent and The Potteries, including the popular Gladstone Pottery Museum (temporarily closed until mid-November 2021) and Middleport Pottery.

They will also be able to do a spot of ‘set-jetting’, combining a chance to learn more about the area’s rich pottery heritage along with visiting some of the key movie locations.

While preparing for their roles in the new movie, Phoebe and co-star Matthew Goode turned their hand to pottery throwing by getting in a little practice at the world famous Wedgwood Factory, at Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent.

Now a world class visitor attraction, The World of Wedgwood celebrates the very best of British craftsmanship and features shopping, food, visitor tours and art and craft workshops. It is also home to the V&A Wedgwood Collection, exploring 260 years of ground-breaking design and production with over 3,500 objects on display, and revealing more about Josiah Wedgwood’s lasting influence on industry and society (www.worldofwedgwood.com).

Released one year ahead of the 50th anniversary of her death – Clarice died in October 1972 – the Sky Original movie is directed by Claire McCarthy (The Luminaries).

For a sneak peak, check out the movie trailer: https://bit.ly/3AFtwQS.

For more information on Stoke-on-Trent as a destination, see www.visitstoke.co.uk.

Photo: Courtesy of Sky Originals