The queen of crock­ery tells So­phie Hannam about her ce­ramic col­lec­tions and pas­sion for Wil­liam Mor­ris

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Emma Bridgewater shares her life­long love of an­tique and vin­tage ceram­ics

The rst items I ever bought were posters and pieces of po!ery for my stu­dent digs. When I bought a small "at in my mid 20s, I was so ex­cited to move in that I rushed to The Con­ran Shop and bought a huge sofa. But it was dis­as­trously too big! It was even­tu­ally moved (with di#culty) to my stu­dio, and it’s still work­ing hard now.

The old­est thing in my home is a small am­monite that I bought for my hus­band [il­lus­tra­tor Ma!hew Rice]. I was so thrilled to grap­ple with the idea of it be­ing mil­lions of years old.

The new­est thing in my home is a whole herd of Friesian cow skins that I bought for the "oor of my de­sign stu­dio, which is a con­verted barn. They are warm underfoot and do just the job of so$en­ing the acoustics. The de­signer that I ad­mire the most is Wil­liam Mor­ris. Kelm­sco! Manor, his house on the Thames in Ox­ford­shire, is a source of huge plea­sure and in­spi­ra­tion.

I’ve al­ways been in­spired by an­tique po!ery. There’s so much plea­sure in jux­ta­pos­ing pa!erns: a kitschy plate along­side a 19th-cen­tury pink lus­tre cup and saucer. See­ing di%er­ent el­e­ments work to­gether is like a patch­work quilt of in­spi­ra­tion.

At the top of my wish­list is an ex­cit­ing print or paint­ing. Re­pro­duc­tions of great pain­ters such as Cot­man, Palmer and Rosse!i might be tempt­ing.

My home in one word is wel­com­ing! I think back to my mother’s house, es­pe­cially her kitchen – it was just more fun, warm and gen­er­ous than other peo­ple’s homes. My house is fairly messy and in­for­mal with our dogs, cats and chick­ens, plus tons of po!ery strewn about.

I’m still an ob­ses­sive po!ery col­lec­tor. I have a deep drawer crammed with mugs and a dresser full of mugs and cups. Over the years I’ve bought hun­dreds of pieces of old po!ery, mainly English and made in Stoke-on-Trent.

My worst dec­o­rat­ing dis­as­ter is colour! I en­joy bold colours, but I used a dread­ful shade of yel­low in our kitchen in Lon­don. Yet that’s the great thing about paint­ing – you can do it again.

My favourite place to shop is the Cov­ered Mar­ket in Ox­ford. Also Richard Sco! An­tiques in Holt, Nor­folk, has a peer­less col­lec­tion of an­tique po!ery.

My favourite mu­seum to visit is The Po!eries Mu­seum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. It has a world-class col­lec­tion of Sta%ord­shire ceram­ics.

On a free day, you’d nd me walk­ing in the wa­ter mead­ows on the banks of the Thames, or along­side Cher­well river in and out­side Ox­ford. If I wasn’t a de­signer, I would work as a Parisian baker. It would be so ex­cit­ing to re­ally un­der­stand the mys­ter­ies of patis­serie and bread­mak­ing. I’m cur­rently lis­ten­ing to the sound­track to Girl from the North Coun­try: 20 Bob Dy­lan songs reimag­ined by Conor McPher­son. It’s so lovely.

RIGHT Emma is end­lessly in­spired by an­tique ceram­ics and loves the peachy hue of 19th-cen­tury lus­tre. This pink lus­tre jug, £125, and plate, £150, are both from The Lac­quer Chest.

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