Staffordshire is infamous for its pottery. There are many big companies based here, including Wedgwood, who have a large visitor centre open for the public to browse.
You could easily spend the big part of a day wandering the Wedgwood visitor centre, with plenty to do and see including a restaurant and tea room, perfect for a mid day break.
Having lived in Staffordshire for four years, I took my first trip to Wedgwood recently when family came down to visit. We chose a Sunday and found the centre easily following brown tourism signs and parking in their ample car park.
We started the tour in the film theatre, with a short film on the history of Josiah Wedgwood and the company he founded. After having more of an insight into the company and the mind of Josiah, we then wandered through the centre peering at the many displays of pottery as we wound our way over to the craft skills area.
This is one of the most interactive areas in the centre, you can walk from station to station watching workers throughout the different stages of production, from painting to glazing.
Not only was it interesting to marvel at their skills as you watched them work but you could also talk to them and ask questions. We learnt a lot simply by chatting casually to the members of staff. You could also try your hand at creating your own pottery, which would then be delivered to your door once finished.
We then tackled the museum, which was far more extensive than expected, covering the company from the 18th century up to the current day. There was a lot of information matched with vast amounts of pottery which helped demonstrate how the company's style has progressed. There were even some examples of pottery you could touch and the occasional voice recordings and interactive videos helped to get you involved.
Next was the shop with plenty to choose from. There were new and up-to-date pottery, along with some more classic inspired pieces, glassware and celebratory sets for the queen's Jubilee and London 2012 Olympics.
We chose to end the day with a relaxed sit down in the restaurant. Here there was plenty of choice whether you wanted food, drink and either hot or cold.
It was an enjoyable day and definately worth a vist, being a particular must for any pottry fans!
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