Friday 23 September
Why I own a factory instead of editing novels ...
Emma Bridgewater and her husband, designer and illustrator, Matthew Rice didn’t set out to own and run a multi-million pound ceramics business, based in a factory in the Staffordshire Potteries. In an intriguing talk about the twists and turns of their career paths, they explain how it all began and how they came to move their business to Stoke-on-Trent, where it now flourishes. What challenges did they face along the way?
Drawing on her latest book, Pattern: and the Secrets of Lasting Design, Emma tells us the stories behind some of her famous surface designs, revealing intricate processes of research and collaboration. What determines whether a particular design will become part of the Emma Bridgewater Pattern Index? Why are her designs so beloved - part of the fabric of so many British homes? And does the commercial production of the designs alter her (and our?) perception of them as works of art?