Tiles will tell tale of Stoke City's 150th season
EVERY home match played by Stoke City this season is being immortalised in art for a project celebrating the football club's 150th anniversary.
Longton-based Anita Harris Art Pottery was commissioned to produce the striking montage of tiles, which will go on display at the Britannia Stadium.
Each tile features the badge of a different Premiership side and helps to spell out the words Stoke City in big red letters.
All 19 home games that The Potters are playing this season are represented in the artwork, from the opening match against Arsenal through to the final whistle against Spurs.
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It is one of two pieces created by artist Anita Harris to commemorate the milestone year for the Potters.
Stoke striker Jon Walters called into her studio yesterday to help put the finishing touches to the second piece – a giant vase which is due to be auctioned off for charity.
Adrian Hurst, head of community at Stoke City, said he was delighted with the end results.
He added: "It's wonderful. We gave Anita free rein to come up with something that reflected our journey in 2012/13.
"It also reflects the history of the pottery industry. The traditional techniques that Anita uses are probably as old as the football club itself. It's about trying to bring together the past and the present."
There are a total of 20 tiles in the framed montage, with the final one depicting the logo of the Premiership.
But two extra sets of the designs have been produced, so individual tiles can be presented to each away team and their supporters' club when they appear at the Britannia Stadium.
Adrian said: "The response from the opposing teams has been phenomenal. The gifts recognise that everybody is part of our 150th anniversary year."
The club has not yet decided exactly where the montage will be displayed.
But one idea is to incorporate it into a time capsule which will be on show to the public, rather than buried underground.
Anita said: "It's been a fantastic project to work on. We were delighted to get involved. I do like football and I love Stoke City."
The club approached the company Anita co-owns after coming across some of her trademark pieces. She uses reactive glazes to create brightly coloured designs, which often feature the same vibrant shade of red that has been used in the tile art.
Meanwhile, the design of the vase includes Stoke City's badge, set against a backdrop of traditional bottle ovens.
Jon Walters was drafted in yesterday to paint some of the final strokes on the vase before it heads off to be fired in a kiln.
He said: "I've done the details on the chimney and cobbles. I was never that good at art at school. But I enjoy painting with my kids. I think the vase looks great. It's nice that it has been made by a local artist. Hopefully, it will be a collector's item for someone."
The vase is due to be auctioned off at the chairman's charity ball at the Britannia Stadium this Friday.
The proceeds will be going towards the Stoke City Community Trust.