Added to Creative Stoke, 29th March 2011 (part two)

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has two new websites that are now live — Staffordshire Gifts and Staffordshire Reprints. These aim is to open up the museum collections, and offer new opportunities to sell unique gifts, prints of works in the collection, and local memorabilia online. There will be a formal launch and buffet lunch at the Museum on Thursday.

The Staffordshire Reprints website allows members of the public to buy individual prints of selected visual works. This joins the Museum’s existing Staffordshire Images website for commercial licensing of pictures. An art-quality reproduction print of Samuel Palmer’s magnificent late etching The Early Ploughman at A3 size, mounted and framed, would cost £125 — about a tenth of the price of buying an original (and much smaller, due to the technical limitations of the time) copy of the same etching at auction.

Above: The ironically titled “Brotherhood of Man” by John Maler Collier, depicting a leftist group planning a bomb attack. Acquired by the Museum in 1936, and now a centre-piece of the oil painting collection. Available as a print.

Added to the Directory:  The North Staffordshire Press, based at the Business Village in Staffordshire University, plans to publish and distribute a new poetry broadsheet for North Staffordshire. Fade will be produced monthly, on a single-sheet of A4, and has an accompanying blog. Limited copies will also be available from local libraries and bookshops in North Staffordshire. Fade is now accepting submissions, from the 29th of March to the 20th of April 2011. The first issue is due out on the 2nd of May 2011, both in print and for download from the blog.

Commission:  Can anyone in Stoke-on-Trent make a special one-off custom Toby Jug? Jonathan Riches, senior account manager of Streamcore in France, has contacted Creative Stoke about the possibility of making such a jug. It’s needed as a trophy for a memorial game, in honour of his friend who died in an avalanche last year. Ideally the jug would have a stylised caricature of his face. If you can do it, then please send some pictures of your work or your website address, to:


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