Collection and Exhibitions

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Object of the Month

"One Off" - T.G. Green Christening Mug and Bowl

Our latest donation includes a personalised christening mug and bowl, which was gifted to the museum by Mick Wilson. Both pieces are handmade and their design can be seen to incorporate a variety of recognisable and somewhat controversial circus characters. They were originally commissioned by former T. G. Green Manager "Reginald Plant" who was named Godfather to Richard Baxter; whose initials feature upon the mug (R.M.B). As is evident from the date which also features - 29.06.62 - the production of each piece has been assigned to the early 1960's. The "back stamp" on each object can also be used to corroborate this date - "Early Church Backstamp" found on the base of the mug and the "Polo Backstamp" found on the base of the bowl.


If you're planning on visiting the museum whilst our newest donation is out on display and you know anything else about this particular piece; or a similar object, we would love to hear from you!


T.G. Green Pottery came into existence in 1864 when Thomes Goodwin Green acquired an existing, large and well-equipped pottery works in Church Gresley, Derbyshire. Although he had no experience of the pottery industry when he bought the works, T.G. Green soon made a success of the business and in the early 1880's decided to expand by building a new works in the valley below the old works.

In later years the pottery changed hands several times and eventually closed in 2007. T.G. Green is probably best known for their blue and white Cornishware, examples of which can be seen in the museum.


Temporary Exhibitions

We have several exciting Temporary Exhibitions being hosted by Sharpe’s Pottery Museum this Autumn including:

Lower Gallery Exhibition - September/October 2017

Our latest temporary exhibition has been installed in celebration of "Heritage Open Days Exhibition" and has been designed to mark the 50th anniversary of Sharpe's closure as a working pottery. An array of items once produced at Sharpe's will feature, as will a selection of information panels which chart the rise and fall of our working pottery. The exhibition will be free to enter and can be seen between 10am - 4:30pm; Monday to Saturday, with last admissions at 4pm.

Featured Artists in the Museum Cafe - October 2017

Pay a visit to our onsite coffee shop and peruse the mixed media artwork that has been produced by a group of local artists - Anni Shearer, Traci Shearer and Stephen Gibbins. Each of our artists have lived in the area for many years and as is evident from our display, have a range of different styles. Anni tends to work with mixed media and collage, whilst Traci favours oils and acrylics. Stephen works mainly in watercolour, but sometimes utilises ink and wax crayons, as well as other techniques.

Both Anni and Stephen are members of "Overseal Art Group", as well as the art group that meets up at Sharpe's on a Monday morning - run by Di Lorriman. Traci is a professional artist and works mainly from home studio. Commissions are undertaken by Traci and Stephen - Traci focusing on animals and Stephen on houses and shop fronts. Their work is exhibited throughout the year at various events and locations and is also sold online.

Entry to the cafe is free from Monday to Saturday; between 10am - 4pm, with last orders ar 3:30pm. Select items from the display will also be available to purchase from the museum reception desk.

Featured Artists in the Museum Gift Shop - Autumn 2017

We have a selection of temporary exhibitions currently on display within our gift shop, with all items available to purchase from the museum reception desk. The original works of artist Kay Smith can be seen in the "Calke Abbey Collection" that is on display alongside the printed works of Barry Phillips Smith, which depict local heritage features within the surrounding landscape; such as Moira Furnace, the Tramway Arch at Ticknall and of course Sharpe's Pottery Museum.

The "Ceramic Creations" of Jayne Proctor from "Sheepshead Pottery" are also being exhibited in our Gift Shop and are available to purchase from the reception desk. The main creations produced at the Sheepshead Pottery include quirky clay likenesses of a variety of animals, such as hares, field mice, owls and of course sheep. Another pottery display which we are currently exhibiting in our museum gift shop, includes the works of Louise Roe from the "Furnace Lane Pottery". An array of items will be available to purchase from the museum reception desk, which range from themed ceramic dishes and tea light holders, to slightly larger and more ornamental jugs and bowls. We are also currently exhibiting the works of Kathryn Borg from "Highly Crafted Ceramics", which include an array of ornamental dishes, plates and vases that have been inspired by the National Forest.

A small carpentry exhibition is on display in our gift shop, which has been set-up by local woodworker "Clem" and which includes various handcrafted items such as themed trinket boxes and tealight holders. Again all items on display are available to purchase from the museum reception desk.   

Most recently, we have added the colourful glass creations of Angela Ashton to our display which are also available to purchase from the reception desk.


A Toilet Story

The National Forest Gallery

The Museum joined forces with The National Forest, to create this interactive ‘hands on’ exhibition, telling the story of the local 'Swad' landscapes, damaged by the coal and clay industries and their more recent transformation into green open spaces, with increasing numbers of newly planted trees forming part of The National Forest.

South Derbyshire Potteries Gallery

The South Derbyshire Potteries Gallery includes a scale model of the Sharpe’s when it was a working pottery alongside many exhibits of domestic and decorative pieces produced by local potteries; these include Bretby Art Pottery, T.G. Green and  Moira Pottery.

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