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You may wonder where the name Emma Bridgewater comes from – well it’s quite simple really – it is the name of one of the founders. Emma (nee Bridgewater) and Matthew Rice, her husband, own and run the company which produces this delightful range of pottery. They design and work together on the patterns that we all know and love, a real family affair.
It all started when Emma struggled to find a birthday present for her mum, from whom her design inspiration first started. She wanted to find something less formal than a stiff looking bone china dinner service, something more relaxed and liked colourful Italian terracotta pieces but these weren’t right nor tough enough for everyday use, so in a ‘light bulb’ moment she decided to design something herself. With her entrepreneurial spirit behind her she soon had samples to showcase to buyers and the rest, as they say, is history.
Emma Bridgewater pieces are not only useful they are elegant and are available in a wide number of eye catching designs - both shape and pattern. The beauty of Emma Bridgewater’s standard shapes are that the patterns, although very different, sit perfectly well together and you can use them to make an eye catching kitchen or dining room display. The only trouble you will have is sticking at owning just one piece - all of her pottery is so addictive, many of us here now have a cupboard full!
If you wish to start a collection the pattern groupings mean you can either start with a piece from each pattern, or choose a particular design to focus on, such as Black Toast, Flowers or Birds, to name but a few, and then extend your collection from there. All her shapes make great gifts, and there are pieces to suit all budgets, so this gives family and friends a really great opportunity to help add to your collection on special days such as birthdays, anniversaries, or Christmas. Plus Emma Bridgewater also has some great mugs with specific occasions in mind - including holiday festivals such as Easter, the Royal Wedding, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Halloween or even a mug for an end of term teacher treat!
Plates such as the Black Toast & Marmalade 8 1/2" Plate and bowls such as the Emma Bridgewater Hellebore Pasta Bowl have a slightly different method of production and they require clay not slip. It arrives with the potter as a sausage lump which they call virgin clay. The potter then slices off a piece to size with a cheese wire type cutter, flattens, places on a bat, and slaps the bat onto the mould. A tool is then used to create the bowl lip and when complete the piece is left to dry as before.
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