Friday, 9 March 2012

Josiah Wedgwood

Statue of Josiah Wedgwood
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)
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.

2 comments:

  1. Oops... a Stokie would have words to say about this post. Josiah's second name has no no 'e' in the middle. It's something Stokies get quite hot under the collar about.

    Lovely photos though. I do admire the crispness of your shots.

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  2. Whoops! Should have checked the spelling! I've updated the blog entry to correct this. Thanks for pointing it out to me Mark and thanks for the comments about me photos.

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