Alsager Pottery


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Alsager Pottery




Small works operated by Ken Rodgers LRSC MICeram & Anne Rodgers BSc MSc

Manufacturer of hand-thrown slipware pottery decorated with coloured clay slips, winners of British Craft Trade Fair Best Traditional Product Award in 1992.

All pottery produced by this works is hand thrown in Etruria red earthenware clay

Alsager Pottery

                9A Talke Road
                Alsager, Stoke on Trent
                ST7 2PN
                United Kingdom














The Fitzwilliam owl was made, in the early 1700's, from quite coarse clay similar to that used for hand made bricks or tiles. It stands about 8 3/4 inches high. Another old owl jug, also 18th century, became famous in 1990 when it appeared on the Antiques Road Show TV programme in the UK having spent its previous few years being used as a flower pot. This rare Staffordshire owl was decorated differently, by the "scrumbled" slip decorating technique. It was bought for 20,900 by the City of Stoke-on-Trent Museum where it now lives.

The earliest example of owl jugs that we know of is one discovered by Heinrich Schliemann at the site of the ancient city of Troy. This one had the features of an owl clearly modelled but no surface decoration.

Later the Romans introduced into Britain the worship the Greek goddess Athena (or Athene). In Ancient Greek religion she was the goddess of war, handicraft and practical reason and was identified by the Romans with Minerva and by the Celts with Sulis.

A Roman shrine to Minerva can be seen in Chester. She has an owl standing on her shoulder. In Bath (Aqu Sulis) a small owl figure can be seen on the temple pediment.



Commemorative Plates
Commemorative Plates

This is a 12 inch diameter hand-thrown plate. It has a white background and double-hoop edge pattern. A range of edge patterns is used.

Patterned Plate
Patterned Plate
15 inch diam hand thrown, slipware plate., black background shown

Owl jug
Owl jug

Owl jugs based on a example in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The pattern of feathers on the owl is ideal for adapting to slip trailed-decoration.

First pair of owls were manufactured for an exhibition at the Staffordshire Peak Art Centre in 1981. They were in black colourway. (sometimes produced in white)






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