|Statue of Josiah Wedgwood|
This statue of Josiah Wedgwood stands opposite Stoke-on-Trent railway station. There can be few people in the Western world that haven't heard of Wedgwood pottery. Wedgwood was born in 1730 and proved to have a natural talent for pottery and was working as a "thrower" by the age of 9. He founded his first factory in Burslem (one of the 6 towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent) before moving in 1769 to a larger, purpose built factory at Etruria. He experimented with, and perfected, the technique of applying moulded white bas-reliefs to add to his pottery which he called "Jasperware". He died in 1795 leaving a thriving business and a large fortune to his children.