The Wedgwood Institute is flinging open its doors to the public this bank holiday weekend as part of the Burslem Festival and Staffordshire Day celebrations.
Last September The Prince’s Regeneration Trust completed the initial stage of a restoration project to save the building. Costing around £850,000, this included urgent works to secure it and has meant the ground floor could be opened for temporary use, with the Burslem School of Art as a tenant.
Sarah Richardson, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust’s Project Officer at the Institute, says, ‘We are so excited to be welcoming the public in through the doors this weekend. The Institute is such an important part of the character and history of the area, which is exactly what the Burslem Festival is all about. It was built by and for the people so it really is wonderful to see it being used by the community again. Staffordshire Day on the Monday also falls on the anniversary of the founding day of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons, so it couldn’t be more perfect. I can’t wait!’
The event will run on Sunday and Monday from 12 – 5pm on both days, and will be opened by none other than Josiah Wedgwood himself (or someone representing him at least).
The days will showcase the unique creativity that Burslem is famous for. Jon French, the ex-Wedgwood master craftsman will be giving a demonstration, as will Burslem Pottery and Emma Bailey, one of the ceramic artists working from Middleport Pottery. On Sunday 1 May only, Rebecca Davis from Modern Glass will also be demonstrating the art of stained glass.
Cakes and refreshments will be available to buy thanks to tenants the Burslem School of Art.