The Prince's Regeneration Trust has invested millions into Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent and in keeping Middleport as a working pottery. When HRH Prince Charles came to visit yesterday to officially open the Prince of Wales Studios, the Great Pottery Throw Down finalists were invited to meet him in the kiln room where much of our work for the series was fired. He was rather taken by Matthew's beautiful trophy thrown by Keith Brymer-Jones and decorated by Kate Malone and he wanted to know all about our tea sets.
Jim explained to him the basic principles of Raku firing and he was very keen to hear about the positive impact the series has had on the ceramics industry. Prince Charles suggested perhaps a new show should be commissioned for wood work and weaving. I was fortunate enough to be able to present a pair of mugs I had made for his grandchildren which I have been told he was delighted with and was going to be seeing them that evening to deliver them himself.
We had such a warm welcome back from all the staff at Middleport who have been rushed off their feet with demand for tours and it was a great excuse to get some of the potters together again. All in all a brilliant day!