Talking Dirty (Emma Bridgewater - Founder of the British pottery brand, Episode 34)
She's the woman behind one of the most famous of British brands - this week Emma Bridgewater joins Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis Fridriksson, to talk about the botanical inspiration behind the pottery. Plus why Dandelions are front and centre of their latest collection, the people in her life who sparked a life-long love of plants, lockdown gardening endeavours with limited supplies, and a recent discovery she's very excited about. PLANT LISTChimonanthus praecox Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' Daphne odora f. alba 'Sakiwaka' Carex oshimensis 'Everlime'Rosa x odorata 'Bengal CrimsonRosa 'Mortimer Sackler'Leucanthemum vulgare – Oxeye Daisy Populus × jackiiCrocus tommasinianusEccremocarpus scaber PelargoniumCarex oshimensis 'Everlime'
House Guest by Country & Town House | Interior Designer Interviews
Welcome to episode 99 of the House Guest podcast in partnership with Life Kitchens, where Country & Town House Magazine's Interiors Editor Carole Annett chats with experts from the world of interior design and decoration. This week's guest: Emma Bridgewater https://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk www.countryandtownhouse.co.uk/culture/podcast/ https://www.life-kitchens.co.uk/
Emma Bridgewater discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known. Emma Bridgewater grew up in Oxford, the eldest of a large family. After studying English at London University, she joined a small knitwear firm, but soon realised that what she really wanted to do was start her own company. Her ‘eureka moment’ came in 1985, when she was searching for a pretty cup and saucer for her mother’s birthday. Discovering that everything in the shops was either delicate and formal, or heavy and clunky, she realised there was a gap in the market for pottery that was both beautiful and practical, and that reflected the relaxed, colourful, mismatched home she’d grown up in. Emma sketched out a mug, bowl and jug, and found a pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of British ceramics to make them up. She then set about decorating them using cut-out sponges – a traditional technique that was to become her signature style. The designs were snapped up by Liberty, Harrods, and The General Trading Co, and Emma Bridgewater Ltd was born. The company now has a turnover of over £20m a year, and Emma Bridgewater products are sold worldwide. As the company grew, Emma was determined to keep production of the pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, and in 1996, bought a Victorian factory there. Emma Bridgewater Ltd is now one of the largest employers of potters in the area. In recognition of her work championing manufacturing in Stoke-on-Trent, Emma has honorary degrees from the University of Staffordshire and Keele University, and in 2013, she was awarded a CBE for Services to Industry. Country Music https://www.theguardian.com/music/country Holy Wells http://www.davidfurlong.co.uk/holywellslond.htm Neglected English towns https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/forgotten-english-villages-2020/ Winter Savoury and Lovage http://www.herbexpert.co.uk/forgotten-herbs-grow-sorrel-lovage-summer-savory-angelica.html Chimomanthus https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/29215/Chimonanthus-praecox/Details Lardy cake https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lardy_cake_80839 This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
Emma Bridgewater is known best for her iconic style, mixing Britishness & wittiness with beautiful homeware and china. In this episode Holly hears from Emma about how she built her iconic brand over the last 35 years, creating lasting designs, and reviving an industry in Stoke. With a turn over of over £20 million a year, Holly and Emma explore life as a female entrepreneur in a male dominated industry, discuss their approach to 'mother's guilt' and the strong role family plays within business. From sharing thoughts on the life span of a product, to discussing the impact her own beloved mother had on her career, this episode is a rare glimpse into Emma Bridgewater and her iconic brand. Conversations of Inspiration is brought to you with support from NatWest: visit natwestbusinesshub.com for information, tips and insights to help business owners meet their goals. Follow Holly on Instagram: instagram.com/hollytucker/?hl=enn
Discover the train journey that changed Emma’s life, what it’s really like to build a business with your husband, the ways in which pottery and fashion overlap and what’s next for Emma as the brand continues to evolve.In this week’s SheerLuxe Success Stories, we’re joined by Emma Bridgewater, queen of cute cups and saucers, and owner of her eponymous pottery empire. With a £17 million turnover and over 200 staff members, there’s never been a higher demand for Emma’s creations – “practical pottery for a relaxed, colourful, mismatched life.”https://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/Subscribe to SheerLuxe: https://sheerluxe.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Emma Bridgewater is a British ceramic designer and businesswoman. She set up her pottery business in 1985 in Stoke-on-Trent, when many other manufacturers in the city were either closing down or going overseas. Her pottery is instantly recognizable, decorated with polka dots, stars, hearts or elegant lettering using 19th century sponge-printing techniques.It is an unlikely career for someone who studied English at University. Together with her husband, illustrator Matthew Rice, Emma Bridgewater has played a part in keeping the pottery tradition alive in Stoke-on-Trent. The factory also now hosts an annual literary festival.She was awarded a CBE in 2013 for services to industry.Producer: Sarah Taylor.
Lenny Henry, Pumeza Matshikiza, Jack Cooke, Emma Bridgewater, Ana Matronic
With Aasmah Mir and the Rev Richard Coles Lenny Henry talks about his new album of Blues music and his hugely successful career in show business. Following the news that he will receive a special BAFTA award at this year's ceremony, Lenny discusses how his career has moved from TV comedian to Shakespearean actor and scriptwriter. Lenny is also one of the founders of the charity Comic Relief which has raised over a billion pounds since it started.Soprano Pumeza Matshikiza was brought up in the townships of South Africa and made the giant leap into a professional operatic career and a major label recording contract. Pumeza first heard opera on the radio aged 14 and despite being unable to read music she dedicated herself to studying the art form.Jack Cooke tells us why he gave up his office job for a life climbing trees. Jack has climbed over 80 trees for his new book and reveals the unusual things he's found up trees and some of the more surreal arboreal adventures he's had.Ceramics designer Emma Bridgewater shares her Inheritance Tracks: Le Premier Bonheur du Jour by Francoise Hardy and Gulf Coast Highway by Emmylou Harris & Willie Nelson.Ana Matronic from the Scissor Sisters talks to reporter Anna Bailey about her love of robots. And former hang gliding world champion Ron Freeman explains how he was first inspired to take up the sport after watching Peter Pan. Producer: Steven Williams Editor: Karen Dalziel.