Staffordshire Gets Behind Royal Baby Boy
To celebrate the birth of the Royal Baby, Staffordshire’s revered potteries, which welcome the British Ceramics Biennial in late September this year, are in full swing producing commemorative wares and celebratory trinkets.
The run up to this exciting occasion has seen a number of the county's world renowned brands from Emma Bridgewater to Portmeirion Pottery designing and producing exclusive ranges.
With congratulatory messages being broadcast all over the world, Royal Baby memorabilia will be highly sought after and these Staffordshire pieces are sure to find themselves on the shelves of homes all across the UK and even further afield.
Emma Bridgewater has designed a range celebrating the arrival of Prince George including a ½ pint mug decorated and adorned with delicate blue and white crowns, and a simple message of 'Hooray for George' . As with all Emma Bridgewater pottery, the range is 100% British made at its factory in Stoke-on-Trent, following a long tradition of Staffordshire potteries marking Royal events in earthenware.
The well-known Aynsley China has opted for a 'very royal' blue and gold design on a tankard, with an open book displaying the name and date of birth of the new Prince. Their collection also features plates and trinket boxes with a pale blue design and the name HRH Prince George of Cambridge at its centre.
Other producers in the area include Portmeirion who have launched two new collections to celebrate the birth including a special Spode Royal Baby collection which features a detailed border from the Spode archives and the iconic Spode blue colourway; whilst the fine bone china, Royal Worcester exquisite, hand decorated range adorned in mica, platinum and gold offers a timeless commemorative collection – fit for any Royal baby!
Graeme Whitehead, Destination Staffordshire's tourism manager said: "Events such as the Olympics, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and now the Royal baby have piqued interest in our well known ceramic brands. We are incredibly proud of our ceramics heritage and each year we welcome thousands of visitors to the County and Stoke-on-Trent to see and buy these world class brands.
"This year we are celebrating our ceramics industry with six weeks of major exhibitions and events across Stoke-on-Trent which will showcase work from UK and international artists in the British Ceramics Biennial."
Sam Hall from Visit Stoke said: "We are very excited about the arrival of the British Ceramics Biennial and we have even created a new Ceramics Trail for visitors where they can stop-off at some of the country's leading pottery manufacturers to bag a very special souvenir."