Stokes Croft China
"Peculiar Stuff for a Peculiar Society"
Stokes Croft China is an unlikely enterprise. Rising from the shards of Staffordshire's decimated ceramics industry, its existence is the expression of the desire to "Make our Own Future".
As the factories in Staffordshire closed their doors in the early 2000s Chris Chalkley, founder of PRSC, had the foresight to buy the whole contents of the last major independent decorating factory in Stoke: Broadhurst Bros. of Burslem.
He also bought kilns, factory equipment, and large quantities of undecorated chinaware from long-closed factories.
By combining this treasure trove of historic print and ware with the art and politics that abounds in Stokes Croft, we have produced a unique mix.
Our production is very low run, predominantly unique ware designed and produced by local artists on a voluntary basis.
The revenue generated goes to fund the political aspirations of PRSC, which includes the purchase of our own premises.
We tell our customers that they can shop with us without guilt...
In the five years since our inception our customers now include:
Hay Literary Festival
The Soil Association
Transform Drugs Policy Foundation
Bristol City Museum
Bristol drug Project
Stanley Donwood (Radiohead)
Victoria and Albert Museum
"Riot" plaque: Broken window 2014
Tony Benn Commemorative Window Display 2014
Think Local: Destined for V+A Museum 2014 (Design: Bev Milward)
"Scoobyloo" design by Flora 2014
Treasure Trove of Historic Print. 1960s to Present Day
Selling Gallery shopfront, Jamaica Street
Selling Gallery: Interior.
Stokes Croft China is extremely diverse in its designs. Most pieces of ware, created by our coterie of artists should be considered as unique pieces of artwork.. It is not possible to put all items online, so a visit to our gallery is guaranteed to be a rewarding experience.
We also stock prints , books and DVDs,
and run exhibitions of work by prominent local artists.
Below: A selection of ceramic Print from the extensive Stokes Croft China Collection. Some of these prints are nearly fifty years old, and were destined for landfill in the dark days when Staffordshire’s pottery industry was being dismantled, unable to cope with the pressures of globalisation. Most manufacture moved to the Far East. Our business aims to reverse this trend, using vintage print and local suppliers where possible.