Pottery history in Chesterfield worth saving

JMJ Pottery team, Laura Davies (left) and Janine Mannion Jones
JMJ Pottery team, Laura Davies (left) and Janine Mannion Jones

A campaigning professional potter is determined to save Chesterfield’s pottery industry from becoming a footnote in history.

Janine Mannion Jones, 21, who founded JMJ pottery in 1996, has teamed up with Skills Made Easy, a unique initiative designed to help small businesses in the Sheffield City Region overcome skills shortages, to save the region’s traditional pottery skills.

Janine produces traditional stoneware pottery from her studio in Brampton; an area which has been closely associated with the ceramics industry since the early 1700s. After the industry boomed in the nineteenth century, Derbyshire-produced Bramptonware nearly disappeared, with just a small number of potters working to keep the traditional industry alive.

Keen to ensure the skills and techniques which have taken her a lifetime to master wouldn’t be lost, Janine contacted Skills Made Easy to help with her quest to help a new generation learn the art of becoming a master potter.

Responsible for helping small businesses in the Sheffield City Region to overcome skills shortages, as well as helping small businesses to gain access to apprenticeships, Skills Made Easy helped Janine to develop a unique ceramics apprenticeship.

Janine said: “Brampton has had a long association with the pottery industry with different skills and techniques being passed down from one generation to the next. In Laura I saw someone with natural flair, and a passion for all things pottery-related.”

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