Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 19:00
A potter for nearly 50 years, Jerry has seen vast changes in the industry over his lifetime. He established Beaumont Heritage Pottery in 1971 as he was completing his studies at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Jerry was one of the first potters in the US to market authentic blue on gray decorated salt-glazed stoneware reproductions that were both functional and affordable.
Jerry knew early on that he wanted to make pottery for a living. Though he never met his grandmother Julia Fitton (who came to New York from Stoke on Trent after her parents died in 1900), he was always intrigued with 'Stafford-shy-er' and the potteries, as his mom often spoke of it.
Today Jerry and his wife Janet operate a small pottery in Maryland where they mix their own clay and glazes and run every aspect of their modest business together. On a recent trip to Staffordshire, they spent days touring the factories that remain and came away with a deep appreciation for the people of the potteries, their skill, their hard work, and their pride in the traditions that changed the way work is done. In his own words regarding their upcoming visit, 'We want to share our appreciation and gratitude to the people of Stoke on Trent. We want to encourage those who are visionaries to keep their dreams alive and to pursue the gifts they’ve been given.'
For more details, please contact Middleport Pottery on 01782 499766 email@example.com
Middleport Pottery, Port Street, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, ST6 3PE