From toilets to teapots and tiles to Toby jugs; Sharpe’s Pottery Museum has them all. From the early sixteenth century the rich clay deposits of South Derbyshire attracted many entrepreneurs. They included, amongst many others, ‘farm boy to gentleman potter’ Thomas Sharpe, rich businessman T. G. Green, and the creative partnership of Henry Tooth and William Ault at Bretby Art Pottery.
Sharpe’s Pottery Heritage and Arts Trust is returning to its roots, or under the earth to be precise!
We will be offering a regular programme of clay activities, to include Raku events, slip casting sessions and pottery classes.
There will be something for everyone to try, to make and to keep as a permanent reminder of our local Heritage origins.
Other exciting and varied craft and expressive arts activities are also in the pipeline. Keep checking our website and social media sites for updates.
How to get here
At Sharpe’s Pottery Museum we want everyone to be able to enjoy our building, exhibits and events, and we have taken every measure to ensure that we are as open and accessible to as many people as possible. The Museum is fully wheelchair-accessible and assistance may be provided if required.
We have dedicated spaces for up to 5 vehicles. The nearest off site car parks are Grove Street and Rink Drive, they are free all day. There are 2 clearly marked Blue Badge parking spaces available free of charge on-site off West Street, or on the roadside nearby.
There are bicycle racks on West Street outside the post office, 5-minute walk away.
The nearest train station is Burton on Trent. Travel by taxi for 20 minutes or on the bus to Swadlincote Bus Station, visit the Travel Line to plan your route www.traveline.info