Pottery in Staffordshire
My close friend Sujan had invited me and my wife to Birmingham where he stayed. We landed at the airport and went to his home. We were offered coffee and the ceramic caught my wife’s eye. On enquiry we were told that it was from Stoke-on-Trent. Though we are not big fans of ceramic work, this was different. We had never seen such exquisite work before. We enquired about the distance from Birmingham to Stoke-on-Trent and as it was very near, we planned to go there along with Sujan.
We planned the trip on a weekend, as we wanted to enjoy our stay. We left in the morning and reached Stoke-on-Trent after an hour’s drive. We wanted to first visit the famous potteries as Stoke-on-Trent is also called The Potteries. I always like to know a little about the city I am about to visit. I got this information about Stoke-on-Trent after a quick search on the internet. We visited the famous World of Wedgwood first. We wanted to start from a place which has been a part of Stoke on Trent tradition of pottery. We were very impressed with the tour to the factory. We saw all the designs that make Stoke-on-Trent unique compared to other ceramic works in the world.
I also tried to hand designing my own work, and gifted one to my wife. She was thrilled. We went to the seconds shop and bought to our heart’s content. We have enough to call our whole locality for tea. We did not want to miss anything in Stoke-on-Tent. For our lunch we went to the famous restaurant of Rotis. It was fabulous, thoroughly enjoyed my food there. My wife loved the sweets. Our best lunch outside of India happened at Stoke.
After lunch we visited another shop Portmeirion. This is also an exquisite shop, but we found that both the places did not offer too much of a difference in design. We purchased a small item here as well for memory because we had already completed bulk of our shopping. After a quick cup of excellent English Tea in the evening, we left Stoke-on-Trent with loads of ceramics and a new pottery artist discovered.