Emma Bridgewater has breathed new life into the Stoke Potteries, an area of England famed for names such as Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Spode and many others. Since establishment in 1985, Emma Bridgewater has re-kindled a desire for traditional, high quality and brilliantly useable pottery for the home. Her company is the largest pottery manufacturer based entirely in the UK and employs circa 200 people. Emma Bridgewater designs can be found in glass, textiles and on stationary and home accessories. Her most well known design ‘Emma Bridgewater Polka Dots’ and others include patterns such as Black Toast, Polka Dot, Union Jack, Starry Skies, Pink Hearts, Figs, Olives and Blue Hen. A new design for 2011 named Emma Bridgewater Egg and Feather, almost certain to be another coveted classic, is an elegant collection designed by Mary Fedden.
Emma Bridgewater is the oldest daughter in a large family and her mother Char provided the first inspiration for her as a designer. Emma grew up in Oxford, England, where her mother’s welcoming kitchen was dominated by a scrubbed pine kitchen table and a big dresser covered in colourful, mismatched china. These included big Victorian meat plates, pretty cups and saucers and generous jugs big enough for a bunch of flowers from the garden.
Emma graduated from London University with a degree in English Literature. Her first and only job was working for knitwear designers Muir & Osborne. She became involved in every aspect of this small fashion company and it gave her the taste for doing something for herself.
The early family life with her husband which inspired the Emma Bridgewater business, took place round their kitchen table and that is still the focus of Emma and Matthew’s life with their four children today. Emma Bridgewater produces a wide range of high quality and durable items, all of which can be found online at the Emma Bridgewater shop.