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Stokies Warm to Recycled Bottle-ovens Across City Markets

Over the warm spring months and continuing into the cold winter evenings of 2019, TheStoke2000 have been holding their popular market stall across the City of Stoke-on-Trent; helping people from The Potteries to celebrate the area’s industrial heritage. As well as running their art, culture, education and recycling workshops in schools, with community groups locally and providing taster sessions at festivals; they have been busy showcasing those bottleoven wall-planters to the general public at venues such as Burslem market, ‘Midfest‘ in Middleport, Market48 at Spode Works, The Kings Hall in Stoke, Newcastle-Under-Lyme Market, Stoke Train Station and The World of Wedgwood in Barlaston.


Feedback from Stokies young and old, who have been captivated with the story behind the unique project and engaged in its journey this far, has been very positive and with new support from organisations, the project will only gain momentum and generate more impact in the new year. We will see some of you over the Christmas period at some of the above artisan markets and certainly in 2020…

Our Range of Bottleoven Planters

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With followers now using our ONLINE SHOP and with additional versions of planter in development for 2020, we thought that we would recap and highlight the range of bottle-oven wall planters already being made with community groups and are also available to purchase at local artisan markets. During our last blog post, we focused on our Josiah WEDGWOOD versions in  various colours related to his timeline to celebrate his 260th anniversary.

Wedgwood Brochure Collage

These are part of our range of CLASSIC designs, being used outside, next to a front / back doors or inside a small porch / patio area. Used with house numbers, signage or lighting. Each planter is uniquely numbered and treated with a long lasting oil or stain.

Original Brochure Collage

We also have our INSECT HOTEL version, ideally to be positioned next to rose bushes or other medium sized plants / bushes for easy access by ladybirds and solitary bees etc. These can also be used to fix house numbers, signage or lighting to the font of the planter. Garden canes are used in the back of the planter with a small access point to keep insects sheltered from direct wind and rain.

Bug Hotel Brochure Collage

We have our BIRD FEEDER version to be positioned outside in a more secluded and quieter spot in the garden on a wall or high fence on show from a viewable area. A section is specifically made and fitted to the bottom of the planter allowing access by garden birds. See our SHORT VIDEO on our website showing feeding in process.

Feeder Brochure Collage

We have our BIRD-BOX version ideally to be positioned on a North / North East / North West facing fence or wall, to attract blue tits, sparrows and other common birds to your garden. As with all products, they are made as a planter first. This version would be best suited to plant bulbs in the top section as they are positioned at height and need less maintenance.

BirdBox Brochure Collage

Wedgwood Gets The Stoke 2000 Treatment

On the 1st of May 1759, Josiah Wedgwood began his pottery manufacturing journey at the Ivy House having rented the premises from his distant relatives John and Thomas Wedgwood of the Big House in Burslem. The Ivy House stood on the East side of town, which is now a communal space next to the Town Hall. He stayed there for a few years until 1762, conducting experiments to improve the quality of his ware before moving to the Brick House or Bell Works also in the Mother-Town. In 1769 he moved to his Etruia Factory on the Ridgehouse Estate which was ideally positioned next to the Trent and Mersey Canal. To celebrate the 260th anniversary, The Stoke 2000 are currently introducing a number of colours on their planters related to his timeline.

BLUE: (1759) The first of this range are our blue design, representing the famous iconicWedgwood Blue Collage 2_crop colour best associated with Wedgwood. An unglazed matte “biscuit” finish, it is also produced in a number of different colours, of which the most common and best known is a pale blue that has become known as Wedgwood Blue. We include a deep cobalt blue in this style and dateWHITE: (1765Wedgwood’s innovatory cream coloured earthenware was called Queen’s Ware after the successful completion of his first commission for Queen Charlotte in the summer of 1765. A notice in Aris Birmingham Gazette, (a pre-eminent Midlands newspaper) announced: “Mr Josiah Wedgwood, of Burslem, has had the honour of being appointed Potter to Her Majesty.”

RED: (1765) Rosso antico, also known as ‘Old Red,’ Wedgwood refined the common red ware and started production in small quantities. At the request of his partner Thomas Bentley, production resumed in 1776. Rosso antico production continued until about 1900. After 1790 it was often combined with Black Basalt in decorative items, or covered with enamel decoration.

Wedgwood Redware

GREEN: (1775) Our first product associated with Jasperware is green, being one of the most popular colours and well sought after in antiques and collectables. Sage green (described as “sea-green” by Wedgwood) as with all colours he experimented with is naturally white once fired but stained with metallic oxide colours. Named after the mineral jasper for marketing reasons, the exact Wedgwood formula remains confidential. Jasperware is particularly associated with the neoclassical sculptor and designer John Flaxman Jr who supplied Wedgwood with designs. Flaxman mostly worked in wax when designing for Wedgwood. Various designs and figures were cast from 1775: some of them are still in production. Inspiration for Flaxman and Wedgwood came not only from ancient ceramics, but also from cameo glass particularly the Portland Vase.

We are currently experimenting with other colours, techniques and key dates in history that can generate discussion and educate, encourage people to share stories and commemorate local culture and national heritage. We are also open to ideas and collaborations.

 kiln wedgwood range 1759-1775 

We recommend a visit to the fantastic World of Wedgwood factory tour and museum in Barlaston. It is well worth a day out.