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Welcome to Middleport Pottery

About Middleport Pottery

Middleport Pottery, situated on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stoke-on-Trent, was built by Burgess and Leigh in the late nineteenth century. The Grade II* listed Pottery is the UK’s last working Victorian potbank in continuous production. After 130 years, Middleport Pottery remains home to world-famous ‘Burleigh’ pottery.

Through public and private funding, Middleport Pottery was saved from closure and underwent substantial remodelling and renovation, transforming it into a visitor attraction and centre for creative businesses.

Middleport Pottery is now an award-winning visitor destination based in the heart of the potteries.

Middleport Pottery Interactive Map


Our Factory Tour

The Middleport Pottery factory tour is unique. It offers the chance to see Burleigh pottery being made using the same traditional methods as in the 1880s. Each piece of Burleigh ware goes through 25 pairs of hands. The tour will lead you through each stage of production in sequence, showing how a lump of clay is transformed into a finished piece of pottery including the unique method of decoration, underglaze 'tissue-transfer' - the only place in the world where this technique is still being used.

The same Burleigh ware you see being made in the factory can be purchased on site in the Burleigh Shop.

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