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Emma Bridgewater History

It all started in 1984 with Emma herself trying to find a gift for her mother’s birthday with no success. She was looking for an extra special cup and saucer, she wanted to give her two cups and saucers that would say 'I love you. I miss you'. But everyone was either too big or to formal or just not special enough! She suddenly had a vision of the dresser from her mother's kitchen. She imagined it here in the china shop, laden with a fabulous array of colourful, mismatched pottery.

It was then that she realised there was a gap in the market, and that’s where Emma Bridgewater pottery was born. Beautifully designed & practical pottery guaranteed to bring a smile to your face with every cup of tea you make and every dinner you serve.


The Emma Bridgewater factory opened its doors in 1985 and now produces over 25,000 pieces of pottery a week. All Emma Bridgewater pottery is made from cream coloured earthenware, a traditional Staffordshire product which is made in their own factory. Most of production is done by hand, including the intricate painted on designs making each and every one of the designs slightly different and unique.

In 2014, Emma released an autobiography called 'Toast & Marmalade and Other Stories' providing an insight into what has influenced the business over the years. As well as pottery, the Emma Bridgewater brand has branched out and in the last few years they have started to do other kitchenware, including textiles, tins and picnicware.

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