Collecting Staffordshire Pottery

Staffordshire pottery is pottery that has been made in the Midlands in an area known as the Potteries. Now focused on the Stoke on Trent area the Potteries used to cover the six individual towns of Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall.

Over the years Staffordshire has been a global leader in the pottery industry - especially during the 1700 and 1800s. The area produced some of the big names in pottery and related product production including the Wedgwoods and the Spodes. Other companies of note here include Minton, Aynsley, Doulton and Twyford.

Clarice Cliff 1931-33

Collecting Staffordshire pottery has always been popular but, in recent years, many more collectors have chosen to collect from this area. Given its importance to the pottery industry on a worldwide basis it is easy to see why pottery from Staffordshire is so popular. Another reason for its popularity with collectors is that many of the Staffordshire potteries used to mass produce many standard goods so it is relatively easy to get hold of an antique here at a reasonable cost.

In general terms you’ll find that pottery is the cheaper option when collecting here. If you are looking to collect porcelain such as bone china from the region then it will be more expensive. Popular Staffordshire pottery items include:

There are various factors that will affect the price you pay when you are collecting Staffordshire pottery and the value it will have if you sell it again. Age is important here as is provenance (the mark of the maker is always useful). The condition also plays an important part as does the availability of a particular item. For example, some pottery may be commonly available for collectors and some may be rare and hard to get hold of. Obviously, the rarer the piece, the more it will cost.

Royal Doulton 1991

Avian Traveller, Philip Gibson