Category Archives: Ceramics
When Gillian Naylor and Mark Faulkner – then fresh out of college – established their design-led pottery business Repeat Repeat in Stoke-on-Trent in 1984, they knew their British base and hands-on approach would stand them in good stead.
Emma founded the company in 1985 and since then has designed a huge number of patterns, many no longer available. The very nature of pottery (i.e. it breaks!) also means that as time goes by less and less of the discontinued patterns are in existence, and are therefore more collectible.
Emma Bridgewater is the oldest daughter in a large family and her mother Char provided the first inspiration for her as a designer.
In 1751, the first Worcester Porcelaine factory was founded by a group of 15 men, headed by Dr. John Wall, an eminent physician. Dr. Wall and his partners developed their method for producing porcelain and then persuaded a group of 13 local businessmen to back their discovery with an investment in a new factory at Warmstry House. The secret of porcelain production was to be the property of the shareholders and each agreed to a penalty of 4000 pounds should they disclose knowledge of the secret to anyone. The original partnership deeds are still housed in the Worcester Museum.