Emma Bridgewater grew in up in Oxford, the eldest of a large family. After studying English at London University, she joined a small knitwear firm, but soon realised that what she really wanted to do was start her own company. Her 'eureka moment' came in 1985, when she was searching for a pretty cup and saucer for her mother's birthday. Discovering that everything in the shops was either delicate and formal, or heavy and clunky, she realised there was a gap in the market for pottery that was both beautiful and practical, and that reflected the relaxed, colourful, mismatched home she'd grown up in.Emma sketched out a mug, bowl and jug, and found a pottery in Stoke on Trent, the home of British pottery, to make them up. She then set about decorating them using cut-out sponges - a traditional technique that was to become her signature style and Emma Bridgewater Ltd was born.Thirty years on, the Emma Bridgewater continues to make all of its pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, and is now one of the largest employers of potters in the area. In recognition of her work championing manufacturing in Stoke, Emma has honorary degrees from the University of Staffordshire and Keele University, and in 2013, she was awarded a CBE for Services to Industry. Emma and her husband Matthew have four children, and live in Oxfordshire, with assorted dogs and a flock of chickens. When not working, Emma's interests include books, food, country music and quilt making, and despite being surrounded by it every day, she still loves to collect pottery. In 2014, Emma published Toast & Marmalade and Other Stories, a memoir that covers everything from the rollercoaster ride of building the business, to the best way to cook bacon, and the pleasures of a well-stocked dresser. Emma's second book Pattern takes a look at her favourite patterns from an archive stretching back thirty years, and includes a full index of every Emma Bridgewater pattern ever produced. Pattern is released in February 2016.
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