Flower Factory Field
The Flower Factory Field project was created to form part of the commemorations for World War One, working with young people from Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Participants explored the history of ceramic flower-making and made the connection between ceramic industry and the Spode archived material related to the involvement of women pottery workers during WW1.
Young people gained new heritage skills in making bone china flowers under the instruction of one of Stoke-on-Trent's remaining skilled flower makers – Rita Floyd. Many of these flowers contributed to the Resonate exhibition at the 2015 British Ceramics Biennial festival at the Spode factory site, whilst also completing an Arts Award. All school children gained a Discover level Arts Award for their participation in the clay and exhibition activities.
Sir Thomas Boughey school led the Armistice Day Memorial service at Stoke Minster church with their ceramic wreaths and poetry reading on 11.11.15 They now know the link between the ‘Potters’ Stoke City and the local area.
"We will be learning about local artists and history next term so this was an excellent grounding.' Teacher, Harpfields Academy
An online clay flower making tutorial video will be created to enable this local traditional skill to be shared with a wider audience to preserve this unique ceramics process.
Download our Willow Pattern Learning Resource Pack below. This teaching resource was devised and used as a stimulus during the Spode Museum Trust ceramics workshops.
Flower Factory Field started in July 2015 and will run until February 2016. Valentine Clays has supported the project by supplying clay for the flower-making workshops. The grant has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund - There and Now World War 1 programme.