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Monday, July 18, 2011

Teacup Tuesday Art Deco Gladstone Teacup, Prince's Regeneration Trust

Teacup Tuesday

Pamela for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

I am joining others above (and many others!) for Teacup Tuesday. I have chosen to share a Gladstone, England art deco design teacup because of the wonderful post by Terri at Artful Affirmations about her recent visit to the Gladstone Pottery Museum located near Stoke-on-Trent in England.  Every time we visit we go to a pottery and watch them work and Terri has some fab photos of the museum which will give you an idea of what goes or DID go into the process as most are closed now.

The photos aren't the best, as they are from 7 years and 2 cameras ago from my archives of items sold, but I especially wanted to share this teacup because it was by Gladstone in the 1930s and also and has the cool art deco design triangular handle made famous at the time by Shelley China in their Vogue or Mode shapes which were then widely copied. Cool!

This is the last actual Victorian era WORKING pottery in the UK...thousands have closed unfortunately and those still in existence have moved most their work to the Far East. This is Burleigh Pottery, which started in the 1860s as Bugress & Leigh in Burslem, an are just outside of Stoke. Burleigh, which is a contraction of the 2 names came into use in the late 1920s. Their most famous wares are the Calico line which came in several colors, but blue has been the enduring favorite.

The firm became a part of Denby recently but the firm was having difficulties and were considering selling...and interest was expressed in tearing the historic pottery down. 

photos courtesy of my archives from Antiques And Teacups

On June 13, 2011, the Prince Charles' trust, the  Prince's Regeneration Trust announced that they had bought the pottery for 7.5 million pounds and is leasing it back to Denby so they can continue to make the Blue Calico pottery that has been made there since 1880, as well as build up a museum and working visitors centre for the Potteries district. I was thrilled and look forward to visiting when it's done.

 Later this week I will be reporting on our Sequim Lavender Festival and Farm Faire Weekend and the afternoon tea we had at the George Washington Inn. Have a great time visiting everyone's teacup blogs for Teacup Tuesday!


  1. What a lovely teacup and saucer. such a sweet design.
    Thanks for visiting my site as well.

  2. Hi Ruth! Would love to hear about the Lavender Fair...I wrote a post several days ago about the lavender farm we visited in California and shared a tutorial on how to make a lavender wand! THANK you for stopping by to visit my blog and I hope you enjoy the cookies :)

  3. Thank for sharing the history of this china. The triangle handle on the teacup is different.

  4. The teacup design is very sassy. I like the blue flowers.

  5. I am happy to hear that the Denby will continue to be produced. Your blog is very interesting..my first visit.

  6. Enjoyed learning more about pottery history in England. I am currently collecting unique Made in England cups as I find them second hand and will relish them even more knowing how the future will be scarce in Made in England hallmarks. Thanks for the details and lovely photos!
    Miss Kathy

  7. Hello,
    this was very interesting for me and the tea cup has truly an interesiting shape. The shown blue Chintz pattern was once very en vogue in Germany, too. Thank you for this interesting informations.
    Best greetings, Johanna (and a scratch for Tinker)

  8. Wonderful post ... its always nice to learn the history of things and the methods used. So glad to read that its being preserved. Thank you for sharing tea with me ...xo HHL

  9. I love the triangle handle and the blue flowers ... so modern looking! Happy Tea Day!

  10. Hi Ruth,
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.
    I love seeing your photos on the side, I have been to Ruby Beach and have visited Sequim a few times and love that area so much. I was born on the West Coast in the small Native American village of Taholah. My favorite area of the world is right there on the ocean.
    I enjoyed what you had to say about the pottery firms in England. What a shame that they are closing down and moving their work to the far East. The workmanship is nothing compared to what the firms in England produced. I collect the Royal Albert china and it is an inferior china compared to twenty years ago.
    I will be back and I hope you visit me again too!
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. I love the primrose tea cup. The candle is incredible. Thanks so much for sharing the history, too. I am new to the love of tea cups and would love a visit.



  12. oh what a love blue teacup and pottery wares and so unique too! the flowers on the teacup is so beautiful! thanks for sharing the information, very interesting. Have a lovely tea time tuesday!


  13. I love the profile of this teacup. It is very pretty.

  14. Hi Ruth,
    Some interesting history! Pretty teacup, and I really like the covered jar and double-sided egg cup! Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing this with Tea Time and have a lovely week.


  15. Hi Ruth: You have some of the most amazing tea cups. I love coming and visiting you. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  16. Hello there Ruth,

    I love this teacup, as well as the beautiful jar, egg cup and the interesting history as well!

    Thanks for joining us once again for TTTT as well as for my 92nd, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'..,

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee


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