When I was writing about the Mintons tiles the other day I started to think about my relatives who had been involved creatively in the pottery industry in the art deco period. Susie Cooper's (in the photo) designs are really collectable now and my grandmother Ursula Cooper was her second cousin. My grandfather Reginald Colclough had many artisic sisters who attended Burslem Art School in the potteries and created designs for famous companies like Wedgewood. The sisters all had wonderful names - Jessie, Gertie, Beattie and Alicia. One of my most treasured inheritances is this plate designed by Alicia in 1930 using a Wedgewood plate as a base for the design. The colours are still very vibrant and the patterns seem so very contemporary.