19 November 2010

Spode's Old Colour Room

This photograph of the old Colour Room at Spode was taken on 20th February 2008. Here colours were stored and prepared. The Spode factory closed in 2009 but production and staff had been dwindling gradually for a few years prior to this. I took some photographs around the deserted factory in 2007 and 2008.

Here the lidded jars are shown which stored powdered colour prior to their preparation in this room for use as colours for decorating Spode wares. The colour room was occasionally in use almost up to the date of closure.....Interestingly the jars themselves were made on the Spode factory a good example of self-sufficiency!

Some of these are marked Copeland and Garrett dating them to 1833-1847. These items belonged to the Spode company not the museum but as curator I did accept a range of styles and dates of these items into the collection before I left. 

A range of these colour jars was purchased from the Spode company in 2007/2008 by the Historic Eastfield Village near Albany, NY.