Wedgwood was established in 1759, when Josiah Wedgwood, 29, started his business as an independent potter in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. During his lifetime Josiah invented and produced three of Wedgwood’s most famous ceramic bodies – Queen’s Ware (1762), Black Basalt (1768) and Jasper (1774).
Today, Josiah Wedgwood is remembered as the “Father of English Potters”.
If you happen to be in the area, give yourself a few hours to take a look at The Wedgwood Museum in Barleston, Stoke-upon-Trent, UK. Here, you can browse through centuries of Wedgwood archives now recognised by the UNESCO Memory of the World programme.
Take a look at Shop It’s ode to Wedgwood Pinterest board, with beautiful Wedgwood pieces and how to display them once you bring them home…
#Our photo is of Wedgwood’s Black Basalt ware – repinned from our Pinterest board.
- The Genius of Josiah Wedgwood, BBC Two, review (telegraph.co.uk)
- How a Potter Took Accounting Into the Industrial Age – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)