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Equally animated are 5,000 flat-backed Staffordshire figurines: Grace Darlings rowed, Jenny Linds sang and William Tells fired arrows on Victorian chimney pieces across the country, but there were also scenes of "Henry V Trying On The Crown" or "The Murder of Thomas Smith" (the perpetrator was hanged but the rope broke, so he was hanged twice and became a posthumous celebrity).

Only the male leader of each pottery team got paid – he in turn paid his team members – but only for perfect pieces.

So the oven men controlling the kilns, the makers of "saggars" (ceramic containers protecting the pots during firing) and the wonderfully-named "saggar makers' bottom knockers" earned the most. " The tiles gallery and sanitary-ware exhibition deserve features of their own, but we were due at the huge Wedgwood complex at Barlaston, south of the city, with its factory, visitor centre, shop and railway station.

A mistake on their part could destroy a week's wages or more. A glamorous new museum opened in 2008, winning the Art Fund Prize for Museums & Galleries just as Wedgwood announced it was going into administration (it has since been bought by investors and the museum is a charitable trust).

The dense decoration and intense colours come from "tube-lining", where an unfired clay body is decorated with clay lines like fine icing and the shapes filled in with metallic oxide paint.

We saw mould-making, slip-pouring, sponging and fettling – removing lines and imperfections – and, in a brightly-lit room, tube-liners and painters working on vases with mesmerising speed.

It explains why the industry evolved here: the six towns are on hilly, poor farmland, but beneath was the mighty Staffordshire coalfield. "And it got hot very quickly; perfect for glazing." The local clay was a good red marl, so cottage potteries sprang up, slowly evolving into proper factories.

Among many delightful objects – a sickroom feeder, a hot water bottle, a cribbage board – the museum has a collection of rare 17th-century slipware.

This weekend sees the launch of the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent, celebrating the work of modern ceramicists with shows around the city. Before that it was six closely linked towns, each with a ceramic speciality: Tunstall did tiles, Longton did bone china, Burslem – home to Wedgwood before Etruria – did teapots.