With a passionate commitment to local manufacturing, where else to produce Original BTC’s bone china lights than Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the British ceramics industry.
For over three centuries, Stoke has been famed for its bone china tableware. Fascinated by the area’s rich industrial history, Original BTC founder Peter Bowles set out to create a collection of Stoke-made bone china lights, manufactured according to tradition by the region’s master craftspeople. Skill and expertise helped create a beautifully crafted collection of hand-cast translucent and versatile bone china lights.
The highly skilled, labour-intensive process begins with raw clay delivered on pallets to the factory. The clay is mixed with water to create slip, then poured into moulds. Once set, the moulds are split and the shade, base or ceiling rose is removed and left overnight to dry before being smoothed with sponges to remove any lines or imperfections. The items are biscuit fired then brushed once again. Finally, they are dipped in glaze then gloss fired for a natural white finish.
Today, the factory is Original BTC’s lifeblood, producing the bone china components synonymous with many of its best-loved designs, including the Hector, Drop, Pembridge and Cosmo, and the latest creations; the Hatton, Fin and Cranton.
Dedicated to constructing the beautifully unprocessed metal lighting designs on British soil, Original BTC’s Birmingham based factory hand-forms, presses and stamps aluminium, copper and brass shades and bases from their original sheet metal state. The staff are craftspeople able to solder, weld and form to exacting standards. Based in the heart of the country’s metal-working industry, the highly skilled workforce use centuries old techniques to produce Davey Lighting’s truly authentic and classic lighting designs, some of which originate from East India Docks in the 1880s.
Glass WorksOriginal BTC secured the future of English Antique Glass, the country’s only remaining manufacturer of flat glass, in 2011. The specialised flat glass which is produced using artisanal techniques first developed in the twelfth century, is used in stained glass windows at impressive historical buildings, such as York Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.
The Birmingham based glassworks, also produces the glass for the groups light fittings, including Davey Lighting’s Well Glass, Exterior Bracket and Pillar lights, and Original BTC’s Globe pendants. Glass is mouth-blown using highly skilled labour and the time-intensive process resulting in glass of the finest colour, clarity and brilliance. Unlike homogenous mould-made glass, each piece is unique, with slight variations demonstrating the care and attention with which it is crafted. The seedy glass variety is achieved by adding a potato to the kiln.