This morning, artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper officially unveiled Poppies: Weeping Window at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent.
Stoke-on-Trent is officially recognised as the World Capital of Ceramics, and Middleport Pottery has been operating since 1889. During the First World War demand for the ceramics goods made in the area greatly increased. These included tableware for hospitals, homes and the military; propaganda-ware, including small ceramic tanks and battleships; plates with patriotic designs or messages on them; and ceramics to mark both the early stages of the war and the Armistice at the end.
Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent is the last tour venue for Weeping Window before it moves to its final presentation at IWM London. At the end of the tour, the sculpture, along with Wave, will become part of the Imperial War Museums’ collection.