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Toast & Marmalade and Other Stories

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"The stories you never heard behind the objects that feel like home…"

Happy Wednesday afternoon, My Lovelies!  Recently I received a gift of Emma Bridgewater's Toast & Marmalade and Other Stories.  An adorable mug from the toast & marmalade collection was included with it:

According to Goodreads:

Emma Bridgewater's cheerfully distinctive kitchen pottery - manufactured and traditionally hand-decorated in the Staffordshire Potteries, just as it would have been 200 years ago - has found its way onto the dresser shelves and kitchen tables of homes all over Britain and beyond.

Her designs are jaunty, friendly, sometimes quietly funny. They call to mind childhood picnics, summer gardens and busy kitchens, with their motifs of Sweet Peas and Figs or bold calligraphic patterns such as Toast & Marmalade. Above all the name Emma Bridgewater suggests home and welcome.

This book combines beautiful photographs of Emma's life and designs with a collection of warm stories of her family, along with the inspirations for and characters involved in the success of this particularly English brand.

I enjoyed reading this memoir so much because I enjoy reading about other artists and the creative process.  Emm'as book is chock full of how she developed Emma Bridgewater Pottery and grew her business.  I also thought it was fun to read family anecdotes and recipes.  I have yet to try any of them, but I will eventually.

One of the recipes from the book
This one is for chicken pie.

Emma shares with readers the tough decisions she's had to make to grow her business.  It was interesting reading the good advice she followed to achieve her goals.

A look inside Emma's sketchbook

Emma Bridgewater's factory is open for tours throughout the year.  Here is a sneak-peek:

I have posted about her before.  You can read my other post here.

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The mug says:  coffee * hot chocolate * can I eat one biscuit * chocolate * coffee * tea * whoops! I ate the packet

Until next time…

Ricki Jill


  1. Sounds like an interesting read. I love everything Emma!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Benltey

  2. RJ, I've meant to order her book. Did you order directly from EB in the UK or did you find a source here in the states? I don't have but one small piece of Toast and Marmalade, but I'd love to have a set of plates or mugs. The new mug is adorable. Perhaps I should start with that one. '-)

  3. These are some really pretty dishes, I like her style. I remember reading on Susan Branch's blog how she toured the factory, it seemed like a really happy place to be!


  4. I love the mug and the book looks very interesting.

  5. But I only want to make chicken pot pie in that dish now!!! Your Mackenzie stuff had better watch out and/or move over! ;)

  6. I love Emma too. The book looks very interesting. I am excited to check it out. Thank you for posting. :-)

  7. I like the bowls and mug and the book would be fun to read.

  8. Very cute post! Enjoy your Summer.

  9. I love Emma Bridgewater and have stocked her in my shop at times. My English grandmother's name was Emma Bridgewater, but no relation that I know of! Great post about a favorite potter!

  10. Love her pottery! Now you've got me wanting to pick up her book :)

  11. Lovely! I always think about doing something like this. I have all the supplies, just not the time!

  12. Chocolate, coffee, tea... Yes, please! I love that mug.

  13. I love her style- her things have such a sweeping, delicate line, but they're made sturdier than you'd expect. And I've become a HUGE fan (unsurprisingly) of text/font/calligraphy design. If I weren't sharing a kitchen with someone else (and if we didn't have a cast iron sink that eats pottery on a weekly basis), I'd spend my savings to get everything she's designed.


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