It was tipping it down yesterday so it seemed a good time to jet off to The Potteries for a bit of pottery porn and possibly a purchase (or two). We started a Emma Bridgewater, partly as the food there is so good! So, lunch over and some pasta bowls to the good we headed off to Burgess and Leigh (aka Burleigh).
To be honest I just like wandering around in here looking at the displays and imagining myself having walls lined with shelves and dressers full of chintzy china.
There was a sale on a lot of the stuff, 50% off RRP, so if you're passing it may be worth your while making a detour. It's not the easiest place to find, mind you, and some of the road layouts have changed recently which confused me.
I'm like a rat, I follow the same routes over and over, preferring to go the ways I know well. Which often ends up quicker in the end. I followed a short cut recently, recommended by M at work. It added over half an hour to my journey as I just ended up lost.
Burleigh now do textiles and other bits and bobs, very tempting but I was strong. Sometimes a good look and buying a cup and saucer is all it needs. I think it must be a great place to work, though. Not as good as Bridgewater's, the staff are all lovely and always chatty and helpful. They've also been there years, which tells you a lot.
I always check out the rims by running my finger over them; I don't buy pots with patches where the galze is thin or missing (unless it's the very base); I do the ping test to check for cracks; I don't mind tiny specks of firing dirt or tiny bumps- usually food covers these up and, this is a really important one, if the piece has a design on it check it's in good nick and doesn't have missing bits, blurring or overlaps (see the lilac teapot in the picture above). It's tempting to just grab the bargains, but inspecting them first can save you a lot of money and frustration.
More grotty weather today so maybe a bit of baking will be in order. Then we can eat it and mainline tea all day.