Support a legacy of British ceramics

Pledge to help photographer Katya de Grunwald create a book preserving the extraordinary legacy of the Spode factory moulds

Shooting on location at the old Spode factory in Stoke-on-Trent, photographer and regular H&A contributor Katya de Grunwald discovered shelf upon shelf of moulds, a unique collection once used to create the renowned Spode ceramics.

The white plaster moulds, which stacked on rickety metal and wood shelves number into the thousands, would have been used for slip-casting - the process used to cast elaborate shapes in china. With much British pottery now made abroad, the moulds are testament to a golden age of British industry. Now set in an abandoned factory, the moulds are the legacy of the hundreds of craftsmen and women who worked at the factory and may soon be lost. Many have already been discarded.

Katya plans to create a series of photographs that is inspired by their legacy and record the shapes and patterns of the moulds. Through a Kickstarter campaign she hopes to raise funds to make a book of the photographic work called 'Made in Spode' and will exhibit at Spode during the British Ceramics Biennial later in the year. 'I want to pay witness to this extraordinary legacy,' she says. 'I stepped out of the factory but those strange white objects sleeping in that dark room stayed with me.'

In this short video she tours the warehouse, describing the magic of the moulds and their historical importance.

To pledge support 'Made in Spode' and for more information about the project click here.

Katya de Grunwald is a photographer with a particular interest in textiles and ceramics. See her latest shoot for Homes & Antiques in the July issue, out now

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