Prince Charles opens new pottery studios in Burslem

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The Prince of Wales visited Middleport Pottery in Burslem today to officially open The Prince of Wales Studios.

The Pottery received £200,000 from The Princes Regeneration Trust towards a £9 million conversion.

They are designed to offer work spaces to local arts, crafts and ceramic businesses, allowing opportunities to arise for local talent creating 70 new jobs.

BBC TV series Great Pottery Throwdown, which aired last year, was filmed in the Prince of Wales Studios.

And today Prince Charles met the winning artist Matthew Wilcock and his winning piece of pottery.

His Royal Highness also received the Europa Nostra Award, that recognises the work of The Princes Regeneration Trust Charity to save and restore Britain’s last working Victorian Pottery.

The project has benefited the community by developing a training scheme in professional conservation techniques, taking on both volunteers and students.

Geoffrey Wynne, a Stoke-on-Trent artist, presented the Prince with a watercolour painting of Middleport to thank the Prince for his longstanding interest in pottery and Burslem.

The select few who greeted the Prince when he arrived at Middleport Pottery were thrilled to see him in their local village.

Mary Wright, 58 said: “I was so excited to see him, he’s got such a lovely smile and it’s amazing that he is here.”

(Additional reporting by Henna Janagal)

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