Friday, January 15, 2010

Stoke on Trent - Trip 4

It's January and time for our trip to "The Potteries". Our 7 AM departure was a bit frosty and menacing but once we boarded the correct bus, we were on our way to Aynsley China, Burleigh, Leeds (Hartley Green), Portmeirion, Royal Dalton, Waterford, and the factory shop I was most looking forward to, Emma Bridgewater.

Emma Bridgewater Pottery's Toast & Marmalade line of dinnerware is a classic based on traditional English farmhouse designs with enduring sayings such as "Happiness is a cup of coffee & a really good book & a piece of cake." Just as colorful are the polka dot pattern and the Union Jack - a celebration of the fact that all the pottery is made in their own factory in Stoke on Trent.

Some of these pictures are of the "good deals" we left behind...
But once the trolley is full it is time to hit the road and pop the cork.
What do you think that is in those Dixie Cups?

As always I have to post a shot of my purchases. I must say the £10 Clam Shell from Hartley Green was coveted by some of my fellow shoppers! Won't it be perfect in the "River House"?


a Tale of Two Cities said...

I'm so sad to have missed the fun. Emma Bridgewater is the one I really would have liked to have visited. Did you find any deals there?

I think you made some great purchases--half the fun is the search, right?


Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I love, love, love the Emma Bridgewater, that Union Jack teapot reminds me of Mom's red white and blue kitchen.

The clam shell will be perfect at the river house, are you wearing it back as a hat? or planning to carry it in your lap?

Jill said...

Oh now you all go to Emma Bridgewater...I only suggested every single trip!

Looks like you had a great time!

Miss you!! Jill