Empire Ware

The Empire Porcelain Company was located at Shelton on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK. Founded in the late years of the 19th century, it closed in 1967 - along with many other small potteries in that and the next decade.

Known best for its bright, simply decorated post war tablewares, we have come to value this company for its adventurous, decorative pieces from the 1930's. Often startling shapes, very responsive to the strongest of continental deco design, they are also decorated with accomplished 'Art' glazes, some reminiscent of the contemporary Ruskin crystalline glazes.

Helpfully, this factory often date stamped their wares with a number from 1 to 12 for the month and another 2 digit number for the year of manufacture.

Very few books carry information on this interesting factory. Apart from the contribution by Tom Arnold of some of the 1960's tableware shapes, we know nothing of the people responsible for the shapes and glazes produced there.

Please either contact us or Steve if you have any information relating to this interesting factory and we will add it to this page and share it with the other enthusiasts out there!