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Arts and crafts in Staffordshire

Staffordshire (including Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth)It has a population of around 1,097,000 and covers approximately 271,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Cheshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands.

County flag of StaffordshireStaffordshire became famous during the 18th and 19th centuries for the production of pottery, as well as innovations in some of the processes used, leading to the towns involved being called collectively the Potteries. Among the famous names that emerged during this period were Wedgwood, Aynsley, Doulton and Spode, whose work is highly valued, with early examples appearing in many museum collections. People had long used the areas red clay soil to earn money as potters, but improving transport links enabled them to begin using white clay from areas such as Devon and Cornwall and to sell their work more widely. Staffordshire continues to export locally made ceramics including plates, vases, tiles and tableware around the world. Performing arts venues in Staffordshire include Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent.

The county town of Staffordshire is Stafford, where you can visit the Ancient High House, a timber framed Tudor town house which is the largest such property in the country and is now a museum with period furnishings and exhibits. The Gladstone Pottery Museum is the countries only remaining complete pottery factory from the Victorian period and visitors can learn how pottery was made. The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Hanley has on display thousands of pieces of Staffordshire pottery and provides an opportunity to learn about the history of the Potteries, as well as seeing exhibits of decorative and fine arts. Other attractions in Staffordshire include Tamworth Castle, Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, Lichfield Cathedral, Apedale Heritage Centre, the ruins of Stafford Castle, Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent and Cannock Chase near Stafford.

Staffordshire Country Steam and Crafts Fair

Staffordshire Country Steam and Crafts Fair

Uttoxeter Racecourse, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

Saturday, 21 July 2018 (2 day event)

Lichfield Craft and Gift Fair

Lichfield Craft and Gift Fair

Lichfield, Lichfield, Staffordshire

Sunday, 22 July 2018 (2 day event)

The Pet Show

The Pet Show

Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford, Staffordshire

Saturday, 18 August 2018 (2 day event)

Staffordshire Christmas Fair

Staffordshire Christmas Fair

Uttoxeter Racecourse, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

Saturday, 1 December 2018 (2 day event)

ArtLightbyPaula

ArtLightbyPaula

Cannock, Staffordshire

I make and sell illuminated pictures mounted on quality wooden frames that can be used as a decorative occasional lamp or night light, ...

Mini Masterpieces

Mini Masterpieces

Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire

I am a Staffordshire Artist and Author About My Artwork Mini Masterpieces are hand painted reproductions of great art works, measuring ...

Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge

Rugeley, Staffordshire

I have stumbled across chainmaille jewellery about 4 years ago and have never looked back since. How I make it: I buy different size ...

CraftedLampsCo

CraftedLampsCo

Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire

With a background in art, design and crafts, I make bespoke wood lamps in my workshop at home. I love the feel and touch of wood in all ...

carol ann

carol ann

Stafford, Staffordshire

My business started off as a hobby it has been a passion of mine since I was at school and now I would like to share it by producing items ...

Katrinas Match Craft

Katrinas Match Craft

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

Katrinas match craft specialize in unique and smart models for the very first time in matchstick kit form. With the help that is provided ...

Little Brown Dog Workshop

Little Brown Dog Workshop

Whiston, Staffordshire

The Little Brown Dog Workshop is a small studio based in the steeply wooded Churnet Valley in the Staffordshire Peak District. My style ...

Ediths Attic

Ediths Attic

Burntwood, Staffordshire

Hey, we’re Ediths Attic. What we’re about is fairly simple, the ‘throw away’ culture of today saddens us so we chose to do something about ...

Kayanne Kreations

Kayanne Kreations

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

Here at Kayanne Kreations we have many extra-ordinary creations, all hand made, lovingly sewn and crocheted We now make crochet animals ...

Passe Revival

Passe Revival

Penkridge, Staffordshire

The primary focus of our business is to recycle and reclaim old furniture and other vintage finds into functional items that can be enjoyed ...

Craft Companions

Craft Companions

Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire

Arts and crafts are enjoyable, social and therapeutic and fun. Arts and crafts can be tailored to any age or ability - our craft sessions ...

Bendibrook Greeting Cards

Bendibrook Greeting Cards

Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

I design and make individual greeting cards for all occasions using original art work and poetry, My speciality is the Fairies of Bendibrook ...

Skorkart

Skorkart

Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Skorkart is the artistic services of Katharine Skorka. Katharine offers beautiful pet portraits, Wildlife art, wall murals, greetings cards ...

Creativejacq

Creativejacq

Yoxall, Staffordshire

I make handmade cushion from home using patchwork and quality fabric. I will also take orders and make what you would like. My website ...

FB Jewellery

FB Jewellery

Stafford, Staffordshire

Handcrafted bespoke jewellery and wedding accessories custom made items, designed for your individual style and budget, what you want, ...

Cute as Buck

Cute as Buck

Lichfield, Staffordshire

very new business just finding its feet. Creating gorgeous girly decorations that are fun, unique and made with love. Our current products ...

Woodwise UK

Woodwise UK

Leek, Staffordshire

Suppliers of exotic hardwoods , for Woodturning, carving etc specialists in rare timbers in particular Australian mallee burls coolibah ...

CarolinesCreations

CarolinesCreations

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

CarolinesCreations has been trading now for almost 2 years selling handmade personalised items for the home , family and pets . making ...

J and Js Paper Flowers

J and Js Paper Flowers

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

I decided at the start of 2016 I wanted to put my artistic ability to good use. Id seen some paper flowers and thought Id give it a go. ...

KJs Handmade Cards

KJs Handmade Cards

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

Making quality cards at affordable prices. hoping to start doing soft furnishing soon. From beautiful art deco cards to disney cards with ...

Rosie and Cilla Designs

Rosie and Cilla Designs

Burntwood, Staffordshire

Rosie and Cilla Designs design and produce handcrafted 3D artwork and matching gift cards. The artwork is displayed in box frames and uses ...

The Wish Box

The Wish Box

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

The Wish Box was founded in October of 2015 by lifelong friends. All our products are designed in house, we make our Wish Boxes with beautifully ...

Bonningate Bunnies

Bonningate Bunnies

Stafford, Staffordshire

handmade vintage bunnies approved by trading standards following fabric stress testing. Collectable and decorative, not designed as a toy ...

Ellyse En Jay

Ellyse En Jay

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Ellyse En Jay is a small company run by 2 sisters who specialise in Handmade Chocolates. We cater for a variety of occasions including ...

Happy Little Hearts nappy cakes and baby gifts

Happy Little Hearts nappy cakes and baby gifts

Burntwood, Staffordshire

Nappy cakes are created using branded nappies that are rolled to create one, two, three tier cakes, to resemble a real edible cake. The ...

Wishes and Dreams

Wishes and Dreams

Stafford, Staffordshire

Hand made cards and gifts personalised for you on request. Hand made jewellery with semi precious stones also a variety of jewellery made ...

Just a bit of Ellie thing

Just a bit of Ellie thing

Oakamoor, Staffordshire

Here at ‘Just a bit of Ellie thing’ we believe that happiness is homemade. We specialise in making affordable, high quality and personalised ...

LB Blacksmithing

LB Blacksmithing

Tamworth, Staffordshire

Allow me to introduce myself, I am an Artist Blacksmith with more than 20 years work experience. I am convinced that I can be useful to ...

palmjules

palmjules

Stone, Staffordshire

Each piece of jewellery I make is lovingly created, sometimes taking hours/days to complete. Attention to detail is most important as ...

Soap yourself silly

Soap yourself silly

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

I specialize in making hand made soaps and bath bombs using all natural ingredients. They come in various shapes and sizes. Available as ...

ANNE NATHANSON RIDDOCH

ANNE NATHANSON RIDDOCH

STOKE ON TRENT, Staffordshire

To include pieces of one of ceramics specifically one - off pieces suitable for the home environment Pots , oranaments , kilns (night lights) ...

The Knitting Companion

The Knitting Companion

Stoke-on-trent, Staffordshire

Having been a knitter for 48 years I have searched for a product which would save time when planning the knitting of a new project. When ...

Fur Baby Bed Creations

Fur Baby Bed Creations

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Bespoke four poster pet bed made from recycled furniture for a unique, luxury feel. We make to order so any colour can be accommodate ...

Helen Smart

Helen Smart

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

My business is up-cycling beautiful, antique fabrics into lovely, stylish and colourful cushions. I buy antique and vintage silk obis ...

Barrys Bowls and Pens

Barrys Bowls and Pens

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

Specialising in hand crafted turned items our range includes the following: Bowls - created in a wide range of designs and sizes, mainly ...

bears creations

bears creations

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

bears creations hand make all of the stock from her loving home, bears makes a wide variety of items, from baby keep sake bears, shabby ...

Christmas ornaments

Christmas ornaments

Rugeley, Staffordshire

As the festive season is approaching, Ive been making some chainmaille snowflakes

Jewellery making lessons

Jewellery making lessons

Rugeley, Staffordshire

Ive been hosting chainmaille jewellery making lessons in Rugeley town sentre £20

creating creativejacq

creating creativejacq

Yoxall, Staffordshire

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I am extremely new to this but wanted to give you an insite into how I created ...

creating creativejacq

creating creativejacq

Yoxall, Staffordshire

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I am extremely new to this but wanted to give you an insite into how I created ...

A dragony agony

A dragony agony

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

As a crafter you never know what you may be asked to make!! I was asked to make a Crocheted Welsh dragon, but I couldnt find a decent ...

Different iipes of butung and custions

Different iipes of butung and custions

Stafford, Staffordshire

I am making some longer and larger bunting which has been requested at the market stall, I wasnt able to attend the November market due ...

Christmas craft fair at Stafford High House

Christmas craft fair at Stafford High House

Cannock, Staffordshire

A lot of interest at Stafford again meanwhile.....I was asked to make an ArtLight luminaire from this postcard of an icon of Julian of ...

Brewood Christmas Craft and Produce Fair

Brewood Christmas Craft and Produce Fair

Stafford, Staffordshire

Last chance this year to come to a fantastic Craft and Produce fair with a Christmas twist! Lots of different stalls all selling unique ...

Kind of Kritters

Kind of Kritters

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

After plodding on doing orders that come in very slowly, my mind turned to Christmas and fun! My Grandaughter loves those little white ...

Match craft Tips

Match craft Tips

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

When you purchase one of our kits we would not like to think that our customers could not complete them so we have an online help video ...

Lets linger a little longer in summer

Lets linger a little longer in summer

Cannock, Staffordshire

So I have made a start sourcing some lovely vintage prints and working them into luminaires for Christmas, but along the way I came across ...

Christmas is coming....

Christmas is coming....

Cannock, Staffordshire

The lovely sunny days have made it hard to start working on Christmas themed projects - but I cracked it! Work in the garden!

Stone Craft Market

Stone Craft Market

Stafford, Staffordshire

I attended my first craft market on Saturday 20th since I started my business it was a good experience even though the day was very quite ...

Craft and Gift Fair Stratford Upon Avon Town Hall

Craft and Gift Fair Stratford Upon Avon Town Hall

Cannock, Staffordshire

From the sublime to the ridiculous? Bill, Henry, Harold and me are off to the craft and gift fair at Stratford upon Avon tomorrow. I wonder ...

new greenhouse wall caddy

new greenhouse wall caddy

Stafford, Staffordshire

I have made a wall caddy for the green house or shed to keep small tools, gloves and seeds in, its quite frustrating when you put something ...

Carol Anns made crafts

Carol Anns made crafts

Stafford, Staffordshire

I first learned how to sew at the age of 11ys at school, I made a flowered shirt dress for myself and an identical one for my friend Gillian, ...

Ancient High House Stafford

Ancient High House  Stafford

Cannock, Staffordshire

I had a lovely day today at the Ancient High House, for their home and garden craft fair and met some great people, crafters and shoppers. ...

Brewood Craft and Produce Fair 28th May

Brewood Craft and Produce Fair 28th May

Stafford, Staffordshire

Live music from Millie Whiley a local musician, will be at this popular event in the Jubilee Hall Brewood - a beautiful village in Staffordshire ...

Staffordshire Day Sunday 1st May

Staffordshire Day Sunday 1st May

Cannock, Staffordshire

As a local crafts person I have been invited to attend the craft fair, I am really looking forward to it and to go along with the celebrating ...

Fab country craft and food fair

Fab country craft and food fair

Stafford, Staffordshire

Brewood Craft and Produce Fair - 2nd event will be at the Jubilee Hall in Bargate Street, Brewood on Saturday 30th April. Slow down the ...

It makes a special photo even more special

It makes a special photo even more special

Cannock, Staffordshire

More positive feedback this week, which is really nice. This time about the personalised ArtLights that I make using personal photos. Even ...

Matlock Bath Craft Fair

Matlock Bath Craft Fair

Cannock, Staffordshire

Bit of a belated entry going back to St Valentines Day - but it was a cracking day. It was very cold and it started snowing in the afternoon, ...

Design Registration IPO

Design Registration  IPO

Cannock, Staffordshire

Well I always thought it was a basic and simple idea - just like me! A bit too simple really, the design that is.....not me this time! ...

Shugborough Hall Christmas Fair.

Shugborough Hall Christmas Fair.

Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire

Visited today. Well worth a visit. Plenty to see and plenty to buy! Its held in a marquee, so on a day like today, wear something war ...


Patrick Lichfield

(Born 1939 in Staffordshire), Photography

Patrick Anson was the 5th Earl of Lichfield. He became one of the most famous photographers of the 20th century.

Susie Cooper

(Born 1902 in Stoke-On-Trent in Staffordshire), Pottery and ceramics

Known as a prolific ceramic designer famous for her work on pottery which was produced in the Stoke-On-Trent pottery industries. Her work is sought after and valued by pottery collectors.

Clarice Cliff

(Born 1899 in Tunstall in Staffordshire), Pottery and ceramics

Known as a ceramic artist starting her career in the pottery industry at the age of 13. She produced artistic ceramics and was popular with the public and royalty.

Henry Salt

(Born 1780 in Lichfield in Staffordshire), Illustration

Salt was the secretary and draftsman for George,Viscount Valentia on his journeys. His drawing from their journeys were later used in Valentias Voyages and Travels to India.

Josiah Wedgewood

(Born 1730 in Burlslem in Staffordshire), Pottery and ceramics

Josiah Wedgewood started his long career in his family pottery at the age of nine. He set up his own pottery works in Burslem and during his career developed revolutionary materials, notably basalt and jasperware. In 1771 he built a factory called Etruria and in 1782 this was the first factory to install a steam-powered engine.