Poppies: Weeping Window

Poppies: Weeping Window

Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high location to the ground below.

Over the course of its time at the Tower of London, the sculpture was gradually surrounded by a vast field of ceramic poppies, each one planted by a volunteer in memory of every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War. In its original setting it captured the public imagination and was visited by over five million people.

The sculpture, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper was initially conceived as a key dramatic sculptural element in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the summer and autumn of 2014.

14-18 NOW is now presenting the iconic poppy sculptures Wave and Weeping Window at selected locations around the UK until 2018. As with all 14-18 NOW projects, the presentation of these sculptures across the UK brings the legacy of the First World War to life for new generations.

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Weeping Window is from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces.


Poppies: Weeping Window in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent is officially recognised as the World Capital of Ceramics and Middleport Pottery has been operating since 1889. During the First World War demand for the ceramics goods made in the area greatly increased. These included tableware for hospitals, homes and the military; propaganda-ware, including small ceramic tanks and battleships; plates with patriotic designs or messages on them; and ceramics to mark both the early stages of the war and the Armistice at the end.

The war also saw women taking on bigger roles in the pottery industry; with the men volunteering or being called-up, they came to the fore as decorators and designers, taking key roles from men and being recognised after the war as leading lights.

Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent is the last tour venue before Weeping Window moves to its final presentation at IWM London after which it will become part of the Imperial War Museums’ collection.

To see the Weeping Window at Middleport, you must have a ticket. Tickets are free and are available to book here.