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      Original Drawings seeking the very essence of the bygone industrial hell that was Stoke-On-Trent.
My research draws from the great family stories of the people in this great conurbation whom I get to meet through my photography stall at Stoke Railway Station, and the exhibitions I hold. From my love of the antique maps (www.alangodfreymaps.co.uk) and early photography from a great many sources; The City Museum & Art Gallery, The Sentinel Newspaper and a growing catalogue of books by passionate local historians, as well as the unashamed influence of fantastic artists like Leonard Brammer whose prints and etchings were imbued with the earthy, gritty gravitas of the dirty primitivism of the early industry and the havoc it was to wreak on this place. The incredible irony is that such fantastical creative beauty, scientific and social advancement  and the subsequent global dominance from this bond with clay has only recently seen a resurgence of interest in the establishment of an identity for the modern Stoke-On-Trent, when it never really went away. The dirty but characterful skyline may have changed but strong, healthy and powerful pottery brands still shape world ceramic aspirations from large bland faceless corrugated steel factories still located in the towns they shaped for centuries.