Friday, April 24, 2009


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).


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