About Us

Welcome to the Staffordshire Figure Association.

Established in 1996, the Association comprises members from across the globe who share their pleasure in English pottery figures made from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries.

Some of us are professionals in the decorative arts world, but most of us are collectors. Our mission is to broaden collecting enjoyment so that our figures will be preserved for future generations.

We want to share the fascinating history of the Staffordshire potters and the folk art they produced with as many people as are interested. We believe you are never too old or too young to start collecting, and we are lucky to have a group of exceptionally knowlegeable people in our membership who are always happy to share their insights on Staffordshire figures.

Every year (world conditions permitting) the Staffordshire Figure Association meets for an annual conference that brings together our members from around the world. We try to alternate between hosting the conference in the UK and in the US.

Our US conferences typically stretch over three days and are notable for their camaraderie. Members share information, learn from each other and from experts, and visit nearby collections and museums. The event culminates in a much-awaited show, where dealers and collectors buy and sell figures. Locations have included Chicago (IL); Alexandria and Williamsburg (VA); Washington (DC); Cape Cod (MA); Garden City (NY); Lambertville (NJ); Long Beach (CA); Philadelphia (PA) and Winston-Salem (NC).

The next United Kingdom conference is planned as a week-long trip to take place in 2023. It will start in Central London where delegates will gather for a meet and greet at a hotel in Mayfair. There will be visits to the V&A and Buckingham Palace. The delegates will then move north to the pretty Cheshire town of Knutsford. This part of the trip will include visits to the Thomas Balston collection and the great country house of Tatton, viewings of a number of Staffordshire collections, the annual dinner, the Annual General Meeting and a sale of figures.

Please note anyone wishing to attend must be an Association member. We welcome you to join us today!

Membership

We warmly welcome new members.

Wherever you are in the world, whether you are an experienced collector, a researcher interested in the folk art of England, or just someone who is intrigued by Staffordshire figures, please join us for £45 / $50 per year per household.