Burslem School of Art

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Burslem School of Art was an art school in Burslem in the Potteries district of England. Students from the school played an important role in the local pottery industry.

In 1985, the school was featured in Pottery Ladies, a series of TV documentaries made for Channel 4 with the support of the Arts Council of Great Britain. Pottery was made on the site of the school from the Middle Ages.[1]

The Burslem School of Art (1905), Queen Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Photographed May 2008


The art school originated in 1853. In the nineteenth century each of the towns making up the (future) city of Stoke-on-Trent founded its own art school, the Burslem school moving into the Wedgwood Institute when it was completed in the 1860s. In 1905 the art school moved across the road to new purpose-built accommodation designed by A.R. Wood, a local architect. The new building with its distinctive large windows helped the art school become pre-eminent in the district.

At the time of the foundation of North Staffordshire Polytechnic in 1971, Burslem School of Art was one of three sites used by the Stoke-on-Trent College of Art. However, the department of Fine Art was subsequently moved from Burslem to the Polytechnic's College Road site, thus leaving the historic Burslem building somewhat underused. The School of Art was listed in 1993. [2] In recent years the building has undergone something of renaissance with use for studios and exhibitions. In 2008 Burslem public library moved into the building.[3]

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Gordon Forsyth, who had designed for Pilkington's Lancastrian Pottery & Tiles, was principal of the Stoke-on-Trent Art Schools in the period 1920–44 and taught at Burslem School of Art.[4][5] Reginald George Haggar, who was Minton's art director in the 1930s, was the Master-in-Charge of the Burslem School of Art from 1941 to 1945. Other notable staff members included Arthur Berry who featured in at least two television programmes in the Monitor series with Huw Weldon.

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Coordinates: 53°02′41″N 2°11′50″W / 53.0448°N 2.1972°W / 53.0448; -2.1972