I have a fondness for ‘The Potteries’ in Stoke-on-Trent and an appreciation for its great pottery-making past. Partly because I was an undergraduate student at Keele University. And also because during this time I worked at Makro in Newcastle-under-Lyme, where I met my future wife. Certain areas of Stoke-on-Trent are run down, while others are beautiful. To be honest, I prefer spending time in the more run-down areas of Stoke. It is in these areas that the remains of ‘pot banks’ and Stoke’s once-great industrial past once stood. I love its honesty and unpretentiousness. Perhaps it’s also because I enjoy street photography.
I also enjoy visiting the few surviving pottery factories such as Wedgwood, Moorcroft, and Burleigh. It’s also nice how many other smaller pottery factories and independent ceramists keep going and start-up. A testament to the quality of English pottery that people still demand.
These abandoned spaces present a snapshot of bygone times. A world heritage site. Forget the Caribbean – give me a dose of grime reality!
The camera details
For those interested, all the photos below during this trip were taken with the Canon 1Ds Mk III SLR camera and EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM lens. Small tonal and exposure adjustments were made in Adobe Camera Raw.
The Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent: Sample Photos
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