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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.

Lichfield Craft and Gift Fair

Lichfield Craft and Gift Fair

Lichfield, Lichfield, Staffordshire

Sunday, 17 March 2019 (2 day event)

Craft and Gift Marquee

Craft and Gift Marquee

chillington hall, codsall wood, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Saturday, 11 May 2019 (2 day event)

Staffs show craft and gift pavillion

Staffs show craft and gift pavillion

Staffordshire County Show, Stafford, Staffordshire

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 (2 day event)

Dobbies Gailey craft and gift fair

Dobbies Gailey craft and gift fair

Dobbies garden world Gailey, saxon cross house, gailey, Staffordshire

Friday, 14 June 2019 (3 day event)

We are Creative Lichfields Annual art fayre

We are Creative Lichfields Annual art fayre

Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield, Staffordshire

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Amerton Farm craft and gift fair

Amerton Farm craft and gift fair

Amerton farm, stowe, Stafford, Staffordshire

Friday, 9 August 2019 (3 day event)

Christmas Gifts Fair

Christmas Gifts Fair

Himley Hall, dudley, dudley, Staffordshire

Saturday, 16 November 2019 (2 day event)

Dobbies Gailey craft and gift fair

Dobbies Gailey craft and gift fair

Dobbies garden world Gailey, saxon cross house, gailey, Staffordshire

Friday, 29 November 2019 (3 day event)

Chillington hall great british food and drink festival

Chillington hall great british food and drink festival

chillington hall, codsall wood, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Monday, 11 May 2020 (2 day event)

Everything Family

Everything Family

Tamworth, Staffordshire

Butcher, Baker or Candlestick Maker...What did your ancestors do for a living? Where were they born? How old were they when they married? ...

Carolanns Curtain Making Service

Carolanns Curtain Making Service

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 ...

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 ...

Crafted Lamps Co

Crafted Lamps Co

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 ...

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 ...

AUTA AFRICA CRAFTS

AUTA AFRICA CRAFTS

Burntwood, Staffordshire

AUTA AFRICA CRAFTS was founded by mainly with the aim of promoting talented artisans both men and women from Kenya by getting their work ...

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 ...

Creative jacq

Creative jacq

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 ...

Carolines Creations

Carolines Creations

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

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

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 ...

Damo

Damo

Tamworth, Staffordshire

Hello, I’m David Most of my career had no connection with art , but I have always been interested, so some years ago I had the freedom ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rebecca Hill

Rebecca Hill

Tamworth, Staffordshire

In my little studio I paint my beloved watercolours. A lot of love goes into each one. I paint lots of my favourite subject “animals” ...

Tinkertaylor

Tinkertaylor

Cannock, Staffordshire

Tinkertaylor is the name I use to cover a lot of crafting activities, I have trained and worked in art and design for the last 30 years ...

Betsys craft company

Betsys craft company

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

A family business , taking inspiration from a toy bed made 50 years ago still being played with today . We have taken the simplicity of ...

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 ...

Sonia Young

Sonia Young

Penkridge, Staffordshire

I paint watercolour and pastel art - mostly animals, flowers and landscapes and have sold my artworks all over the world. see my facebook ...

Lilac Tree Woodturning

Lilac Tree Woodturning

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 ...

Handmade by Zena

Handmade by Zena

Burton On Trent, Staffordshire

Handmade by Zena, does an assortment of handmade gifts and most can be personalised to your choice. Each item is individual and you will ...

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 ...

Discovery Trails

Discovery Trails

Cannock, Staffordshire

Wherever you live, you will always learn something new and surprising on a Treasure Trail. Start by choosing a theme: will you solve a ...

Dream big crafts ad gifts

Dream big crafts ad gifts

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Next Craft show

Next Craft show

Rugeley, Staffordshire

I will be in Lichfield Guild Hall on Saturday 9th of May

Lichfield Guild Hall craft fairs

Lichfield Guild Hall craft fairs

Rugeley, Staffordshire

One more craft fair left to do this year. 20th Dec

Making rings for my jewellery

Making rings for my jewellery

Rugeley, Staffordshire

Recently I have been making jump rings for my jewellery. There is a lot to make so I can create beautiful items for up coming craft fair ...

New earrings

New earrings

Rugeley, Staffordshire

Ive created 6 pairs of earrings today. This is new design. I will sell them at £3.00 a pair at December Craft Show in Lichfield

New Pendant

New Pendant

Rugeley, Staffordshire

Recently Ive made dragons eye pendant which you can see in my current profile picture. It can be made in 3 sizes 3, 5 and 7cm in diam ...

Craft Fair musings

Craft Fair musings

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

We did a local craft Fair at the weekend. As Halloween is so close we majored on Pumpkins, spooks and spiders, but no! although we sold ...


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.