Some 250 people work in the Bridgewater factory.
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At the 18th-century Spode pottery works in Stoke-on-Trent, startup artisans like 22-year-old Emma Price are moving into abandoned buildings and breathing new life into a once-mighty industry. The 10-acre site in the heart of the Staffordshire city in central England whose name worldwide is synonymous with pottery has become a creative hub that is drawing in a new generation.At the Spode works, founded in 1767, a few dozen artisans have moved into the derelict buildings.As part of the regeneration project, artists have moved in there too, while the new visitor center tells people about traditional pottery production.The pottery factory now produces 32,000 handmade, hand-decorated items per week and exports its wares internationally.John Buckley, 59, has been working in potteries since he was 16 .
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