Monday, May 16, 2011

Teacup Painting, "Lord Aynsley"

"In an age when everyone is constantly busy and short of time, what could be more enjoyable than taking time to indulge in what was once part of everyday life, but has now become a luxury  -- afternoon tea."       -LESLEY MACKLEY, The Book of Afternoon Tea

A Creston Museum Teacup

©Lord Aynsley, Watercolor, Size: 5"x7"
   Laura Leeder

After a very busy week, working outdoors, I finally managed to carve out some time in the studio and get this teacup painting finished!  This is another cup by Aynsley China.  I titled the earlier painting "Lady Aynsley" and therefore, it seemed only fitting that I name this one "Lord Aynsley" in honor of the founder. 

(See blog entry dated Thursday, April 14, 2011, "Teacup Painting, "Lady Aynsley", And Her Ancient Lineage...for some interesting facts about Aynsley China.)

In searching the web for this pattern, (to no avail), I came across a lot of interesting facts about the "staffordshire potteries" where most of english china originated, with many companies still producing there today.

-The staffordshire potteries is actually the city of  Stoke-on-Trent, located in the north of the county of Staffordshire, England.
-Stoke-on-Trent is made up of 6 districts: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke,Fenton and Longton (where Aynsley China was made). 
-The production of pottery dates back to at least the 17th century, and was founded on the area’s abundant supplies of clay; of salt and lead for glazing; and of coal, used to fire the kilns.
-In 1769 JosiahWedgwood built one of Britain’s first large factories, in Etruria, the village he established on the outskirts of Burslem, his birthplace.
-John Aynsley the 2nd, grandson of the founder, John Aynsley,  built the company into a leader of fine bone china with the building of a special factory in 1861.
-Of the older pottery firms like Turner or Hilditch, only one, Aynsley survives. But many china firms still dominate the town of Longton, such as Paragon and Royal Albert.

-The industry’s growth was also aided by the opening, in 1777, of the Grand Trunk Canal (now the Trent and Mersey Canal), which provided an outlet to the ports at Hull and Liverpool in order to transport raw materials into the city and for the export of the finished ware.

©Bottle Kilns,

"Nothing set the Potteries sky-line apart more than the weird bottle shaped brick buildings that looked for all the world like they had been borrowed from a fairytale scene.

Experts calculate that in the heyday there were up to 4,000 bottle kilns with as many as 2,000 still standing in the 1950's. The Clean Air Act sounded the death-knell for the smoky, coal fired oven. There are 46 still standing today - most are listed buildings."  -the  

Must be quite a site indeed!  Stoke-on-Trent, sounds like a fascinating place to visit. 

To see more in this series of paintings, click on the page at the top of the blog -"Teacup Series".
All PAINTINGS will be available for purchase in August 2011.

*Attend the Creston Museum's Old Fashioned Tea, this summer, and you could be the winner of one of my "Teacup" paintings!   REGISTER HERE

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC 


Judy said...

Another beautiful teacup painting! I love it that you named this one Lord Aynsley! I also appreciate your background information, I have always liked ceramics, especially the English potteries.

Laura Leeder said...

Thank You Judy! This is such a beautiful teacup,and it was a fun challenge to paint it's likeness.

I found some of the history so interesting that I often got sidetracked in my search! Glad you've enjoyed following along.

I appreciate your comments!

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