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Fire hit pottery all set to reopen

PUBLISHED: 12:59 10 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:59 10 December 2014

The Teapot Pottery at Stonham Barns is up and running again after a dramatic fire. 
L-R Carol Bridge, Brett Hawksbee, Jane Davey.

The Teapot Pottery at Stonham Barns is up and running again after a dramatic fire. L-R Carol Bridge, Brett Hawksbee, Jane Davey.

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The Teapot Pottery, is re-opening at Stonham Barns, almost six months after it was hit by a devastating fire.

The business, started by potter Tony Carter, in Debenham, in 1978, relocated to Stonham Barns, in June, this year, but within two weeks the blaze broke out causing extensive damage to the building housing the pottery studio.

With support and effort from the staff, the pottery was able to return temporarily to Debenham to continue producing its teapots, which have been popular around the world, selling in stores such as Harrods, Bloomingdales and Macy’s, as well as on Cunard Cruise Ships QEII and Queen Mary.

Now the business is officially returning to a restored Teapot Pottery, opening its doors at Stonham Barns, at 9am, on Saturday.

Owner Brett Hawksbee said: “The last six months have been a very challenging and without the efforts of every member of the pottery’s small team of staff, the fire could well have seen another British manufacturer and exporter bite the dust. To stand and watch the pottery burn was without doubt the low point of 2014 for me, but we have managed to meet orders and keep the business going entirely because of the dedication of staff, and in many cases also the hands on help of their partners. I would not still be in business were it not for them. We export more than half of our entire production of hand made, high quality collectible ceramics and I hope that we can now go from strength to strength.”

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