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Burleigh: The Story of a Pottery by: Julie McKeown
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Author: Julie McKeown
Binding: Hard Cover with dust jacket
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 244
Size: 9.25 x 12.25 in.

Product Code: SO-ACC-2003-0903685809-X4

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Burleigh, the Story of a Pottery narrates the history of Staffordshire earthenware manufacturers Burgess, Dorling & Leigh Ltd, recounting the efforts made by the family firm to develop and sustain a successful business through the variable trading conditions of Britain's ceramics industry.

The company's roots stretch back to 1862 when, as Burgess & Leigh, they took over a small pottery manufactory, established in 1851, in Burslem, 'mother town' of the Potteries. The company's earliest products were chiefly domestic table and toilet wares, decorated with popular underglaze blue transfer printed patterns, such as Asiatic Pheasant.

A successful export trade led to the building in 1888 of the Middleport Pottery, described as 'the model pottery of Staffordshire'. In 1903, under the dynamic leadership of Edmund Leigh, the company launched the global brand name by which the company's products are still known today, Burleigh Ware.

While maintaining manufacture of their most popular printed patterns, such as `Dillwyn' Willow and Bluebird, Burgess & Leigh became especially known during the late 1920s and 1930s for their fashionable Art Deco pottery: tube-lined designs by Charlotte Rhead; Flower Jugs modelled by Charles Wilkes and Ernest Bailey; and stylish tableware patterns by Harold Bennett.

In 1968 Burgess & Leigh introduced the floral sheet pattern Calico. Its popularity led to the revival of the company's earlier nineteenth-century patterns, as well as to the introduction of new designs, such as David Copeland's Chequers, which utilised traditional transfer printing techniques.

Unhappily, the recessions affecting Staffordshire's ceramic industry during the 1990s led to the five-generation family firm of Burgess & Leigh going into receivership and for a time the future of the Middleport Pottery was under threat.

Fortunately, William and Rosemary Dorling, owners of The China Box Company, were able to rescue the business. Now operating as Burgess, Dorling & Leigh Ltd, the company enters a new and exciting phase of its life in the twenty-first century. It is committed to restoring and preserving not only the Grade II listed Victorian Middleport Pottery, but also the traditional skills of English pottery manufacture which earned Burgess & Leigh its worldwide reputation.


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