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Emma Bridgewater manufacturers a range of English earthenware produced in Stoke on Trent, including tableware and kitchen pottery. I love her modern classic looking designs and whimsical patterns that make an interesting talking point when displayed in my kitchen. I am a fan of all her ranges such as the hearts pattern and spots pattern but my absolute favourite range that she produces is the Black Toast range.
I have a modern Victorian kitchen (if such a thing exists) and this range really works with the type of decor/tiles, flooring that I have in my kitchen. Emma Bridgewater sells her earthenware in numerous stores, including John Lewis and this is where I started my love affair with this range. THe range is very recognisable. It is rather plain, the pottery is cream coloured and features writing in big bold black writing. According to her website, Emma Bridgewaters classic pattern Black Toast is smart and playful. This makes a really striking look in my opinion and gives the image of an old style design and look to the products it is on. For example a black toast tea cup that I own has the words TEA COFFEE & HOT CHOCOLATE, VERBENA & CAMOMILE TEA written on it around the outside edge and inside edge.
I recently re-decorated my kitchen (just painted it white and gave it a bit of a spruce up) and wanted a feature clock for my wall. This is when I found the Emma Bridgewater Black Toast wall clock, a statement piece in itself and way more than just a clock, it has become quite a talking point in our kitchen. The clock is shaped and looks like a big serving plate, it has a ridge all the way around it just like a plate would. The numbers on the clock are big, black and bold and written in curvy writing which gives it a lovely old worldy look. In the middle are written the words "Emma Bridgewater" and then down below, "hand made in Stoke on Trent, England."
The hands on the clock are black as well and include an hour, minute and second hand. There is a little battery pack at the back of the clock which takes one AA battery. This has lasted well as I don't think I've had to change it since I got it. It hangs perfectly on the wall and at 26.8cm it is big enough to make a statement but not too big to be overpowering.
The clock cost me £39.95 and is a wonderful addition to my kitchen.