Wedgwood Icon: Portland Vase
A few facts...
- 1759: Josiah Wedgwood, "the Father of English Potters" opened up his first factory, The Ivy House Works, in Burslem, England.
- 1768: His leg was amputated.
- 1769: the Ridgehouse Estate in Stadffordshire was purchased and became his new factory, Etruria.
- 1774: A dinner set known as the "frog service" of 952 pieces was commissioned by Empress Catherine the Great of Russia
- Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) was the grandfather of naturalist Charles Darwin.
- 1940, A 300-acre country estate near the village of Barlaston was bought and a new factory was built . It became the headquarter of Wedgwood ever since.
- 2009: Wedgwood celebrates its 250th anniversary.
Most famous ceramic collections: Queen's Ware (1762), Black Basalt (1768), Jasper (1774).