Pilkington’s Gallery

I stumbled upon  this exhibition at the Salford Art Gallery and Museum a couple of days ago on my travels.

In the early 20th century, a local firm, Pilkington’s, based at Clifton Junction near Swinton, Salford was one of the most important international suppliers of high quality decorative tiles and art pottery.Their products were stylish, desirable and expensive, perfect for furnishing fashionable middle-class homes.Pilkington’s success was due to superior design combined with technical expertise and good publicity.Pilkington’s Tile and Pottery Company Ltd was formed by four Pilkington brothers who were colliery owners. They employed as manager the dynamic William Burton, previously the chemist at Josiah Wedgwood and Sons.Burton’s deputy manager was his youngest brother, Joseph, who had responsibility for developing new glazes.The company began tile making with local clay in 1893, in a spacious purpose-built and ultra-modern factory.In 1904, when pottery production in the Art Nouveau style began, Pilkington’s started to rival known ceramic names like Minton, Bernard Moore, Doulton and Maw & Co. The above text was taken from the Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery Society.

Pilkingtons peace vase

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