World renowned Stoke-on -Trent art pottery Moorcroft donated a stunning vase ‘Brindley’s Canal’ to Etruria Canals Festival to award as a prize to the ‘Best turned out traditional working canal boat’.
The limited edition vase, designed by Kerry Goodwin, is valued at more than £1100 and was presented to the winner by Tristram Hunt MP at the 18th Etruria Canals Festival on Saturday 4 June 2011, at the Etruria Industrial Museum on the junction of the Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canals at the heart of Stoke-on-Trent.
Moorcroft were delighted to support the 2011 Etruria Canals Festival, explaining “The history of the Potteries is defined by the relationship between ancient canals, smoking bottle ovens, coal and clay. Brindleys Canal is a natural expression of historic fact for Moorcroft and ties us to our home in the heart of a panorama of chimneys and smoke serviced by the waterways which were once the principal route to an outside world hungry for ceramics made in North Staffordshire.”
The vase celebrates “Brindley’s Canal” and incorporates rivers of pots flowing from Staffordshire potbanks and a multitude of bottle ovens belch out smoke. A small boy is lost amongst the mass of productivity. His guardians stand momentarily in their 1930’s attire, adding a human element of colour to the industrial landscape along the Trent and Mersey Canal where boats ply their cargoes to and fro. The landmark design (117/9), new for 2011, comes in a limited edition of 100 pieces. www.moorcroft.com
Volunteer Julie Arnold of The Inland Waterways Association Stoke-on-Trent branch coordinates the Wild Over Waterways (WOW) children’s activities at the Etruria Canals Festival and commented, “This is a wonderful gesture by Moorcroft. The historic working narrow boats are a colourful and important part of the Etruria Canals Festival." Visitors were able to go inside some of traditional boat cabins to see the decorations of crochet lace and sparkling ribbon plates and brass as part of the free WOW activity trail highlighting the fascinating science, heritage and wildlife around our waterways. This Festival is a real celebration of Stoke-on-Trent’s canals and all the partnerships the city waterways engender."
Stoke-on-Trent City Council continues to support the ever popular Canals Festival event, even though some city museums are under threat of closure from spending cuts announced earlier this year. Volunteer friends of Etruria Industrial Museum are hoping to establish a charitable trust to run it in the future; to find out more visit http://www.friendsofetruriamuseum.org.uk/ and click on “Support us”.
The Festival is at the Etruria Industrial Museum where the Trent & Mersey Canal meets the Caldon Canal, Stoke on Trent ST1 4RB. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/museum Tel: 01782 233144