Antiques for Everyone, which began today at the NEC in Birmingham, is not only celebrating the birth of the new prince with christening silverware and antique baby gifts, it is also showcasing the remarkable rescue story of Middleport Pottery, the last working Victorian pottery in the UK.
In 2009 Middleport Pottery came so near to closure that the craftsmen of the Burleigh ceramics company who work there and whose skills have been passed down through generations, risked losing their jobs. Thanks to the work of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, one of the Prince of Wales’ charities, money was raised and in June 2011, the pottery was saved and reopened in its grade II* listed red brick building.
The fair has made Burleighware the main highlight with a stunning display of its traditionally crafted blue and white china (above).
Director of Antiques for Everyone, Mary Claire Boyd said. “The Burleigh pottery display is stunning. It is a great fit for us as the fair is famous for its pottery and ceramics.”
To see the work of the Burleigh potters in all its glory, head along to Antiques for Everyone which runs in Halls 17-19 of the NEC until Sunday. The fair will be hosting over 200 specialist dealers catering to budgets from £10 to £100,000.
Admission £12; includes parking and visitor guide.
For more information on the Middleport project, click here.