One of the best things about life is the fact it’s almost never too late to learn something new…
I was kindly invited to The World Of Wedgwood, which was a place that completely captured my imagination and taught me about true craftsmanship. To give you a brief history, Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood. His skills in pottery led him to gain the title ‘Potter To Her Majesty’, over the years the company evolved, to making not only Bone China but also swimming pool tiles. During the depression, Wedgwood created a more cost-effective range and continues to evolve with modern-day collaborations with designers such as Vera Wang and Jasper Conran.
Wedgwood’s most famous collections are – Queen’s Ware (1762), Black Basalt (1768) and Jasper (1774).
We started our day with a tour of the working factory, whilst I was unable to take photos I can assure you that the tour was absolutely fascinating. I had no idea that there was such a high level of intricate detail going into each piece, from individually made handles to the hand-painted designs. Every piece of Wedgwood goes through extensive checks, to ensure it stands up to the superior level of quality expected from the brand. I was absolutely mesmerized by watching people paint and craft each delicate detail by hand, with no room for error.
Feeling inspired, I gave Pottery a try…
I’d previously tried my hand at pottery at a local class, my first attempts where somewhat ‘creative‘ and I’m not entirely sure I’m worthy of a job at The World Of Wedgwood. However, it was great fun to get my hands dirty, the staff provide plenty of support and guide you to ensure that you create something that looks rather impressive, even if I say so myself.
Shortly after touring the factory and my attempts at pottery, our tummies were rumbling, it was time for Afternoon Tea (or lunch if you will) – We took a slow walk throughout the shop, taking our time to admire the impressive displays.
Also, we said hello to some friendly faces along the way, I didn’t catch her name…
I fell madly in love with this simple, but absolutely beautiful botanical Vera Wang ‘Jardin’ collection.
Like all good things, we started with Tea, my Mum went for ‘English Breakfast‘ being the traditionalist that she is, I opted for the fruity tones of ‘Crimson Jewel‘.
Whilst we enjoyed our tea, I took a moment to look around and admire the stylish and elegant surroundings, there’s something so charming about spending a Monday lunchtime enjoying sandwiches, tea, and cake.
Ah, the eternal debate – But which order is best? Rather than disagree about the jam and cream or cream and then jam, we need to appreciate just how scrumptious these warm fruit scones where.
At the top of my list is always a good rich, dark chocolate Brownie, I’d rather have no Brownie than an average Brownie, thankfully this hit the spot.
Once we’d finished our Afternoon Tea, followed by a quick visit to the factory store, it was nice to head home – If we’d had more time it would have been wonderful to explore the Museum and learn more about the history of Wedgwood. Overal, I felt that visiting ‘The World Of Wedgwood was a fantastic experience. I’d go as far as to say that I’d return, not just for the lure of cake but the fact being able to understand more about how Wedgwood is made and the history behind such an iconic brand.