Lorna Bailey was born in 1978, After obtaining a B.Tec National Diploma (Ceramics) she joined her father's business LJB Ceramics who produced Toby Jugs and other painted decorated pottery. Though while at college Lorna did help out at her LJB Ceramics business by painting some of the company wares, it was here at this time she began experimenting with some of her own pieces.

December 1995 saw Lorna Bailey first piece go into full production,it was her House and Path and Sunburst patterns. These were painted by Bailey and a small team of painters onto a range of traditional and Art Deco shapes, including vases, jugs, teapots, sugar shakers, cruets, candlesticks, and wall pockets. It was mainly the trade that purchased these pieces, and in 1998 Lorna Bailey popularity boomed after 'Collect It' magazine featured two of her items on its cover and a article about Lorna Bailey, the pieces which were limited to just 250 being made available, these were sold out in less than a day, but began the popularity of 'Lorna Bailey'.

In February 2003, LJB Ceramics changed its name to Lorna Bailey Artware,and by October 2004 the company had moved to its site at The Old Post Office, Burslem.

In January 2008, Lorna Bailey announced her decision to retire from the pottery industry to concentrate on her family life and in May 2008 Lorna Bailey Artware went into voluntary liquidation, with the loss of seven jobs.

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