Claire Blakey. Bringing China to Stoke-on-Trent
The influence of Chinese ceramics on the Potteries of North Staffordshire in the UK is well documented (see Finlay, 2010), and is amply illustrated by the collections of Staffordshire and East Asian ceramics at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery (PMAG) in Stoke-on-Trent. The design links between Stoke-on-Trent and Jingdezhen in China—two cities known internationally for their ceramics production—were illustrated in PMAG’s 2011 exhibition ‘Ceramic Cities’. Less well known is that the museum’s collections include a rare group of 68 pieces of early 20th century Chinese porcelain, donated to the museum by local pottery manufacturer Ronald Copeland (1884–1958) in 1942. The 1942 date is important, given the difficulties in general of dating such works and in identifying which were made later in the 2oth century.