Anita Harris Pottery is known for its exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted, reflecting Anita’s artistic vision and expertise. The pottery showcases a harmonious blend of traditional techniques and contemporary designs, making it a true testament to Anita’s creativity.
Anita’s journey in ceramics began in 1987, her first job was with a local pottery in the dorset village where she lived. From here she moved onto Poole pottery where she designed ranges for Liberty, John Lewis, Harrods, Tiffany and many other top stores , Anita was at Poole Pottery from 1992 to 2002
In 2005 Anita relocated from a life in Dorset to Stoke On Trent Staffordshire , where she designed for `Moorcroft’s, Black Ryden and Cobridge Stoneware.
On redundancy in 2005 Anita took the brave step of setting up her own business.
2005 to present – Anta and her son Peter’s work breaths in the history embedded within the walls of their studio set in this wonderful old building, set in the cobbles of Short street, Longton which in itself steeped in history, being the cobbles and building used in the 80’s for Arnolds Bennetts ‘ Anna of the five towns’ Tv production.
In this studio, a space steeped in local manufacturing history, Anita, and her son Peter’s work, breathing in the history embedded within the walls; creating what has been described by experts as “Antiques of the Future.”
This is a boutique family business, and all the artwork is produced by Anita and her son Peter alone, offering customised designs, commissions, and a myriad of beautiful and unique ceramics. Since 2005 Anta and Pete have built the Art pottery into an award-winning business. Anita’s signature is the bright pallet of colours that she uses on most of her pieces.
She is also well known for her use of glaze and the layering techniques she uses to build up, texture , colour and lustre. Some pieces must be fired up to 5 times to end up as the beautiful pieces that you see in the shops. It can often take many hours to make even the smallest pieces as every single one is unique and moulded and painted by hand.
She is also very well known for her animal pieces, From the smallest frog right up to that staggeringly beautiful big cats, eagles and busts of horse’s head’s that radiate movement.
One of Pete’s current designs is of a beautiful Hare. Pete sculpted and hand built the Hare which was then fired to bisque and then went through the skilful process of being made into moulds so that it could be reproduced . Each Hare is slightly different with its ears a different angles. It is then hand painted by Anita in varying colours and designs making each Hare unique and one of one
She has also produced some amazing commemorative pieces for example the vase made for the Kings Coronation, made in limited numbers. However, many of the pieces that she produces are very affordable as well as being unique.
Commissions by Anita Harris
There’s nothing quite like a distinctive piece of art that radiates the personality of its owner and commissioning an individual design or collection of ceramic art by Anita Harris can be a rewarding and exciting process. One current commission is off to Australia. This vase has been meticulously designed and decorated to a very exacting brief sent by her client , that has taken many hours of work
She would be delighted to discuss collaborative projects and individual commissions to bring an idea to life or personalise a gift for a loved one or, of course, bring a distinctive idea to life.
The collection at Anita Harris Pottery is diverse and offers something for every taste. From delicate vases adorned with intricate floral patterns to bold and vibrant statement pieces, there is a wide range of options to choose from. The pottery is available in various shapes and sizes, ensuring that you can find the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas.
One of the standout features of Anita Harris Pottery is its ability to evoke emotions and create a lasting impression. The pieces are not just decorative; they hold sentimental value and can become cherished heirlooms. Whether you’re looking for a stunning centrepiece for your home or a unique gift that will be treasured for years to come, Anita Harris Pottery has something to offer.
With Christmas just around the corner, Anita Harris Pottery presents an excellent opportunity to surprise your loved ones with a truly special gift. The timeless beauty and exceptional quality of the pottery make it a perfect choice for those who appreciate art and craftsmanship.
In conclusion, Anita Harris Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent is a testament to the passion and talent of its founder, Anita Harris. The brand’s rich history, combined with its diverse collection of meticulously handcrafted pottery, makes it an ideal destination for finding extraordinary Christmas gifts. Whether you’re looking for a decorative piece or a meaningful keepsake, Anita Harris Pottery is sure to exceed your expectations.
We welcome visits to our wonderful studio in Stoke-on-Trent:
1 Minkstone Works, Normacot Road, Longton, Stoke on Trent, 1PR
Please call ahead so that we can ensure one of us is there 07484 052605