Ceramic manufacturers are creating exquisite heirloom pieces to commemorate the royal wedding.
The ‘Meghan effect’ is already being hailed as an economic boom for Britain, and research firm IBISWorld forecasts that commemorative objects will be the largest revenue generating segment, attracting £205 million.
Having produced similar items for hundreds of years, the pottery industry’s skilfulness in producing commemorative items, is taking centre stage once more.
Dr Laura Cohen, Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, said: “To celebrate the occasion, many of our ceramic manufacturers are making beautiful family heirlooms and souvenirs, which will become collectors’ items.
“Our industry has helped mark many royal events including the coronation, jubilees and births, and there is a significant market for pieces with a ‘Made in England’ back stamp.
“Ceramics is now a modern industry, employing more than 22,000 people across the country, and creating everything from parts for jet engines to hip replacements. But Stoke-on-Trent is still famous for its quality gift and tableware which is loved all over the world.”
Manufacturers making royal commemorative ware include: Royal Crown Derby, Moorcroft, Dunoon and Emma Bridgewater.
Notes to editors
The British Ceramic Confederation is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacturing, including the supply of materials, and comprise over 90% of the industry’s manufacturing capacity.
For further information please contact:
Ciara Jagger, Publicity and Project Officer, British Ceramic Confederation, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2SA.
Tel: 01782 572851 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ceramfed.co.uk