Limited edition pottery inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard

"It's a fantastic opportunity for the students to design for a specific product and see that brought to market and this has been made possible due to the collaborative project between Staffordshire University and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery."

Senior Lecturer, Mike Whitehead.

A limited edition pottery collection inspired by the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found has been unveiled this week by students at Staffordshire University.

The decorative mugs have been designed by Alice Barker, Maria Davies and Caroline Hunter who are all studying on the BA(Hons) Surface Pattern Design and BA(Hons) Textile Surfaces courses at Staffordshire University.

Working closely with the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, each student was tasked to create witty and edgy designs to feature in a new limited edition souvenir mug that celebrates the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard.

Alice, from Manchester, said: "The brief was to use different elements of the Staffordshire Hoard to create a contemporary design. A common theme that ran through all our pieces was the use of animal motifs."

"It was so exciting to see such intricate and exquisite craftsmanship being created so early in our history and we are delighted with the results of our efforts." added Caroline

The Staffordshire Hoard, discovered in a field near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found, consisting of over 3,500 items.

Senior Lecturer, Mike Whitehead, said: "It's a fantastic opportunity for the students to design for a specific product and see that brought to market and this has been made possible due to the collaborative project between Staffordshire University and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery." 

The three selected designs have been printed in-house at Staffordshire University and produced in Stoke-on-Trent by Duchess China and will be available exclusively from the museum shop and online on the Staffordshire Gifts website.

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