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Heron Cross Pottery

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Heron Cross Pottery was built circa 1876 by the Hines brothers on the site of a former colliery in the street that would later bear their name. Good quality opaque porcelain and ivory ware were produced well into the twentieth century, and 1907 saw the company purchased by Grimwades.

Pottery continued to be produced until just before the war, when it was requisitioned by the government and used for the storage of bully beef and land mines. In 1961, the business was acquired by Frank William Ridge Snr, and it has stayed within the Ridge family ever since. The current owner is Christopher Ridge, who took control in 1995.
 

The Company Today

Today, Heron Cross Pottery Ltd continues to make fine English earthenware at the Hines Street site and also houses other innovative ceramic companies. As a grade II listed building it boasts one of the few remaining bottle kilns in the city of Stoke on Trent.

How we make our pottery

Today, we still manufacture our pottery in the traditional way. Raw material clay arrives in 25kg blocks which are then mixed in a blunger with water and chemicals to form liquid clay called slip. Thereafter, it is then poured into plaster moulds and left for approx 40 minutes to dry, during which time water is absorbed by the mould leaving the basic shape of the finished product.

Moulds are then tipped over to drain any excess slip and the resultant piece is gently removed from the mould and left to stand for 7 days. This slow drying (the leather state) is when a skilled craftsperson performs the delicate art of fettling and deseaming, using a scalpel to take away any rough edges leaving a smooth, clay piece. Before being immersed in glaze, it is then delicately sponged and left to dry for another day.

For 10 hours, the piece is then fired in a kiln, reaching temperatures of up to 1145 degrees Celsius, and then slowly cooled before hand decoration commences. Ceramic transfers or lithographs are soaked in water and applied by hand, followed by a further decoration of hand painted precious metal or colour.

The pottery is now ready for its final firing at 810 degrees Celsius, which fuses the decoration into the body of the piece. After careful quality checks the finished goods are ready for sale to the customer.


1/2 pint jug anemone

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HC-1/2pt-anemone

This earthenware pottery Jug measures approx 11cm high and It has a base diameter of approx 7.5cm tapering to approx 6.5cm diameter across the top edge. Made and decorated entirely by hand It has a capacity of approximately half a pint. Suitable for pouring liquids and also a very good size to display floral arrangements, but also looks great on its own as a decorative item.

Makes a wonderful gift. Vintage William Morris anemone design. Part of our luxurious lifestyle range.

Full Details add to cart NZ$55.00

1/2 pint jug

HC-1/2pt-blue rose
HC-1/2pt-blue rose

This earthenware pottey Jug measures approx 11cm high and It has a base diameter of approx 7.5cm tapering to approx 6.5cm diameter across the top edge. Made and decorated entirely by hand It has a capacity of approximately half a pint.

Suitable for pouring liquids and also a very good size to display floral arrangements, but also looks great on its own as a decorative item.

Or, you could forget the floral arrangements because it is a perfect water jug for your whisky.

Full Details add to cart NZ$55.00

1/2 pint poppy jug

HC-1/2pt-poppy
HC-1/2pt-poppy
This earthenware pottery Jug measures approx 11cm high and It has a base diameter of approx 7.5cm tapering to approx 6.5cm diameter across the top edge. Made and decorated entirely by hand It has a capacity of approximately half a pint. Suitable for pouring liquids and also a very good size to display floral arrangements, but also looks great on its own as a decorative item. Makes a wonderful gift. Vibrant poppy spray design. Part of our luxurious lifestyle range.
Full Details add to cart NZ$55.00

2 cup teapot anemone

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HC-2TPOT-Anemone

A lovely little teapot as cute as can be! This teapot holds approximately 2 cups of your favorite tea. The teapot measures approx 9.5cm hign x 10.5cm diameter.

Vintage William Morris anemone design. Part of our luxurious lifestyle range.

Full Details add to cart NZ$95.50

2 pint jug Anemone

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HC-2PT-ANEMONE

This earthenware pottey Jug measures approx 17.8cm high and 16cm wide. It has a base diameter of 11cm tapering to 9cm diameter across the top edge. Made and decorated entirely by hand It has a capacity of approximately two pints.Suitable for pouring liquids and also a very good size to display floral arrangements, but also looks great on its own as a decorative item.

A lovely table decoration, and ideal gift for ladies who enjoy a little luxury in their lifestyle. Part of our luxurious lifestyle range.

A  William Morris design

Full Details add to cart NZ$84.50

2 pint jug Blue ivy rose

HC-2pt-B/IVY/ROSE
HC-2pt-B/IVY/ROSE

This earthenware pottey Jug measures approx 17.8cm high and 16cm wide. It has a base diameter of 11cm tapering to 9cm diameter across the top edge. Made and decorated entirely by hand It has a capacity of approximately two pints.

Suitable for pouring liquids and also a very good size to display floral arrangements, but also looks great on its own as a decorative item.

Full Details add to cart NZ$84.50

2 pint jug Poppy Spray

HC-2pt-poppy
HC-2pt-poppy
This earthenware pottey Jug measures approx 17.8cm high and 16cm wide. It has a base diameter of 11cm tapering to 9cm diameter across the top edge. Made and decorated entirely by hand It has a capacity of approximately two pints. Suitable for pouring liquids and also a very good size to display floral arrangements, but also looks great on its own as a decorative item. A lovely table decoration, and ideal gift for ladies who enjoy a little luxury in their lifestyle. Part of our luxurious lifestyle range.
Full Details add to cart NZ$84.50

2 pint jug Strawberry Thief

HC-2PT-SBRYTHF
HC-2PT-SBRYTHF

This earthenware pottey Jug measures approx 17.8cm high and 16cm wide. It has a base diameter of 11cm tapering to 9cm diameter across the top edge. Made and decorated entirely by hand It has a capacity of approximately two pints.Suitable for pouring liquids and also a very good size to display floral arrangements, but also looks great on its own as a decorative item.

A lovely table decoration, and ideal gift for ladies who enjoy a little luxury in their lifestyle. Part of our luxurious lifestyle range

A William Morris design

Full Details add to cart NZ$84.50

4 pint Jug - Poppy spray

HC-4pt-poppy
HC-4pt-poppy
This impressive jug measures approximately 21.5cm tall. It has a base diameter of 15cm tapering to 11cm at the top edge. It is made of earthenware pottery using traditional casting methods, and it has been beautifully decorated using decals and chintz,s applied by hand. The jugs have many uses and are very pleasing to the eye and have an ageless attraction. They make ideal gifts for ladies who like some luxury in their lifestyles. Vibrant poppy spray design. Part of our luxurious lifestyle range.
Full Details add to cart NZ$114.40

4 pint jug anemone

HC-4PT-Anemone
HC-4PT-Anemone

This impressive jug measures approximately 21.5cm tall. It has a base diameter of 15cm tapering to 11cm at the top edge. It is made of earthenware pottery using traditional casting methods, and it has been beautifully decorated using decals and chintz,s applied by hand. The jugs have many uses and are very pleasing to the eye and have an ageless attraction.

They make ideal gifts for ladies who like some luxury in their lifestyles. Vintage William Morris anemone design. Part of our luxurious lifestyle range.

Full Details add to cart NZ$114.50

Tankard William Morris anemone

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HC-TNK-anemone

These earthenware tankard mugs rustic shape gives them a good solid sturdy feel to them. Making them comfortable to hold and the wonderful designs a delight to look at. A lovely gift idea.

They are each hand made individually and measure approximately 9.8cm tall with a base diameter of 9.4cm and top diameter of 8.3cm. They have a capacity of between 12-12.5 fl oz.

A William Morris design

Full Details add to cart NZ$46.50
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