Burslem School of Art


Location and period of operation:

Burslem School of Art




Instructor was William Ruscoe (b.1904 d1990)

Ruscoe, born 1904 in Stoke-on-Trent had wide experience in industry and teaching in Exeter and Stoke-on-Trent. Author of English Porcelain Figures 1744-1848 (1947), A Manual for the Potter (1948) and Sculpture for the Potter
With Gordon Forsyth (Principle of City of Stoke-on-Trent Art Schools (1920-44) he was responsible for reviving interest in early Staffordshire image toys.

He was the senior instructor at the Burslem School of Art.

More on William Ruscoe 

Burslem School of Art
built circa 1905, by A. R. Wood,
brick and terracotta with tiled roof, 2 story
[a listed building]

Initials used on ware for identification:

Impressed mark on pottery figures, groups, etc.


some items also have the name of the
instructor (William Ruscoe) or of the students
 and a date

Questions/comments/contributions? email: Steve Birks

updated: 30 Aug 2005