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Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 13 January 2004

Wedgwood


Gone to Pot

Thirty years ago Stoke employed 45,000 people in the "pits and pots" - now it is less than 14,000.

The lower end of the market has been lost to Chinese production. So what do you do to reinvent yourself? Industrial tourism is one answer - with Wedgwood dreaming of a hotel chain.

Another is to look to the past and see what history can teach... possibly bespoke pots made by celebrity artists.

Yesterday it was Martinware, today it just might be Jasper Conran. And - if so - will Grayson Perry be able to lift ceramics out of the craft world and into the art world?

For those consumers who would no longer consider buying a traditional dinner service - as casual eating now rules in most homes - is this the only thing that might tempt them into the world of ceramics?

Guests:

Miranda Goodby
ceramics officer Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Email: museums@stoke.gov.uk

Mike Campbell
Global brands manager, Wedgwood

Ian Stallard
Ceramic designer & maker
Email: info@ianstallard.com

Emma Bridgewater
Founder, Bridgewater

Sylvia Powell
Founder, Sylvia Powell Decorative Arts



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