Enid Seeney at Ridgway, mid 1950s.



Enid Seeney, designer of "Homemaker", was born on 2nd June 1931. She studied at Burslem School of Art and served an apprenticeship at the Spode Copeland works, learning the important skills of drawing, painting and gilding for ceramics. She joined Booth & Colcloughs (part of the Ridgway group) in 1951 and remained for the next seven years, designing a number of patterns, of which Homemaker is the most well known today. (We hope to be able to feature some other Seeney designs on the website in the near future). She continued to keep abreast of design trends, attending regular evening classes, and in 1954-5 spent a year in London at the Royal College of Art. While on holiday she met the man who would become her first husband, and in September 1957 she left the Industry to start a new life as wife and mother.

While researching the book on Homemaker, Simon Moss was able to connect many of the former Ridgway workers, and in 1999 Enid, by then widowed, married Bob Kelsall, a company engraver who had transferred to the Worcester factory in latter years. It was Bob who had engraved the Homemaker motifs onto copper plates for its entire production period.

Tom Arnold, the design director at Ridgway who designed the Metro shape on which the Homemaker pattern was first produced, died on 14th June 2002.

Enid passed away on 8th April 2011, after a short struggle with motor neurone disease.


Enid with Bob and trial yellow tureen. 2002


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