Banwell Pottery's Weston Grand Pier design proves a big hit
Monday 23 February 2015

Weston Grand Pier Tile DesignStudents from our Banwell Pottery are planning a special thank you to Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier after the landmark provided the perfect inspiration for their latest product.

Banwell Pottery is a Brandon Trust-run employment project based at the @Worle centre. They produce numerous handmade items for sale including tiled pictures showing landmarks like Clifton Suspension Bridge and Glastonbury.

The group started work on a new design featuring the town pier, which has since become one of their best-selling items.

Now, in a show of thanks and recognition, the students will give the first one ever made to the pier in a special presentation to its co-owner Michelle Michael on Wednesday, 25 February.

Banwell Pottery Project Coordinator Dianne Slingsby said: “The most successful and popular items that we make and sell are tiled pictures, so we decided to work on a new design. Most of our potters live in Weston and the pier is an important part of their lives and memories, so they were all really keen to produce a picture to show this.

“We spent quite a few weeks drawing designs until we came up with one we liked. Many of our potters were involved adding bits they thought were important. The pier picture is proving to be really popular with customers; as soon as we make one, we sell it!

“We kept the first one ever made on display in the pottery, but the potters have always wanted it to be given to the pier.”

The presentation coincides with an event the charity is holding at the venue to celebrate its work and the different services it operates in the region, supporting 685 people with learning disabilities and autism.