Rewinding back to the beginning of 2016 I put my name in the hat for the July Collectors Day at Emma Bridgewater. I have done this for the last few years but never have been successful but you’ve got to be in it to win it, right?!
Being a massive fan this is what you would consider the ‘Holy Grail’, a day at the factory in Stoke, various activities, sneak peaks as well as a chance to buy special limited edition pieces. I often looked longingly at other collectors special pieces on Instagram and really wanted to have some of my own 😦 *cue worlds smallest violin*.
So imagine the sheer joy when an email confirming that I had got tickets pinged into my inbox on a rainy April afternoon, I was actually going, yaaaayy! You can imagine the excitement as the days got closer, I literally skipped out of work last week in anticipation of Tuesday the 19th!
We arrived on the Tuesday morning after a leisurely drive from Rookery Hall in Cheshire where we were staying (I will cover this in another post. Spoiler alert: It was amazing) to be greeted by lovely smiling faces who ushered ‘FiFi’ our little red Fiat 500 hire car into its parking space.
Waiting for the day to start, we helped ourselves to tea and toast set out in the Cafe. Mr S and I also enjoyed a little bit of sun and background music provided by a brass band.
We started the day off with a tour of the factory which is a must if you decide to visit. Our tour guide was really friendly and explained every part of the pottery making process. It made me appreciate the time, effort and many hands that touch each piece before it becomes the finished product.
Can you spot one of the new Christmas patterns?
I even got to try my hand at throwing a plate. Not to brag or anything *ahem* but it was good enough to go into production! So if you receive a 6.5 plate in the next while it could of been made by me!
Don’t worry I think this man’s job is safe 😀
On a bit of a high after becoming a master potter, we decided to go do one of the activities. As part of the Collectors Day, everyone got to paint 2 little fluted bowls in the Decorating Studio.
The real star of the show was Mr S though. He found his painting zen and created two beauties which received oodles of praise from onlookers.
If you were keeping score it would be 1-1 right now.
The likelihood of me starting a pottery business was getting more realistic by the minute (I joke obviously).
Next on the agenda was some ice cream before we went and picked our special pieces!
Everyone was split into groups to go view and buy their special pieces. So the dealio with special items is that there is a limited number and are only for collectors and not the general public. Group 4 was up and it was time.
As I was group 4, a lot was already sold, if you want to see what I purchased you can spot them on my Instagram!
After buying some special pieces we had worked up a bit of an appetite. Lunch was served (on EB of course…) Our tummies were ready for it, breakfast seemed a long time ago. We were presented a beautiful veggie quiche, salad and warm potato salad. Pudding was a delicious chocolate brownie with clotted cream..yum!
We chatted to our fellow guests at the table, had some hearty laughs, then it was time to finish the rest of our day.
After consulting our itinerary, we decided to do some tea towel printing.
Some of the other collectors beautiful attempts.
Needless to say this didn’t win any prizes for beauty, as for Simon’s…well…he tried!
Laughing at our lack of skill, we went to the seconds shop for a browse while we waited for our “masterpieces” to dry.
Restricted to hand luggage, I felt like weeping. If only we lived a little closer…
Last stop of the day, the garden!
Bags in hand and smiles on our faces, we bid fair well to the factory and made our way back to our little Fiat which at this point had reached 1 million degrees (how lucky we were to have such amazing weather!?).
Until next time EB…