Twenty five pairs of hands. That’s how many it takes to produce each piece of Burleigh ware. Twenty five pairs of hands, belonging to twenty five of the highly skilled craftspeople working at Burleigh’s iconic Middleport Pottery.
Using original machinery from 1889 to process the ball clay (all from either Devon or Cornwall) and the original moulds for Burleigh’s trademark cow creamers, jugs and teapots, the traditional methods and techniques have been preserved and passed down to new generations in the production of every piece of Burleigh ware.
Master moulds dating back to 1859 are now held in the library of Burgess & Leigh Ltd and some of those shapes are still in use today. You can see exactly how the process takes place at the Middleport Pottery, in Stock-on-Trent, where our MD, Nigel, took this great shot.
Burleigh is also unique in using the traditional method of underglaze tissue transfer to apply patterns to its pottery. The patterns themselves are hand-engraved onto copper rollers, which are then placed in the original Victorian roller presses to make the printed tissue used in the transfer process.
Each stage of production requires the skills of a specific craftsperson and we’ll be bringing you a fab film of the underglaze tissue transfer process in our next blog – it takes a steady hand!
In the meantime, why not treat yourself to a piece of beautiful Burleigh Ware – currently with 10% off!