The meaning of Christmas with Emma Bridgewater

Ideal Home meets Emma Bridgewater, to talk about what Christmas means to her and her fabulous new festive-inspired collection

Christmas is an incredibly important time to Emma and her family. Here she talks about her love of real fir trees, mismatched Christmas lights, the magic of decorating with the whole family and her favourite Christmas gifts.

Best known for its charming patterned pottery, Emma Bridgewater makes things that are beautiful to look at but also a pleasure to use, such as a mug with a cheery message or pure cotton bed linen so irresistible that you can’t wait to get in it.

From the very beginning, Emma was clear that she wanted to make pottery that could be used and enjoyed every day. All her pottery is made from cream-coloured earthenware – a traditional Staffordshire product which they make in their own factory in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of British pottery. Most of the production work is still done by hand, and all the pieces are individually hand-decorated, so every one is very slightly different.

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