The Burmantofts of Saltaire has a certain ring to it, don’t you think?
Burmantofts refers to ceramics made by the Burmantoft Pottery Company in the Leeds district of the same name. The company was well known for large pots with dragons and snakes and is as popular today as it was in Victorian times. Their work was a re-interpretation of 16th century French Palissy ware. (I continue to be surprised at the instantly forgettable facts I uncover sometimes when I blog).
I had never heard of it until our visit this week to Salts Mill in the UNESCO Heritage Site of Saltaire Village in Yorkshire. The pieces on display in the downstairs gallery/shop are wonderful in their own right, but when viewed in a context where they are surrounded by David Hockney original drawings and paintings the whole experience is truly amazing.
One lady I was talking to there expressed it in these words : “I’d love to be locked in here forever”. And that sums it really, especially as there is a coffee shop, a restaurant and a gallery of more of Hockney’s work upstairs.
The vases in these pictures are from the period 1881-1904 and belong to a private collection.