The Wedgwood is a famous British pottery company, originally founded by Josiah Wedgwood c1795, the thirteenth child of an impoverished potter, and possibly the most famous name ever associated with pottery.Wedgwood merged with Waterford Crystal in 1987 to become Waterford Wedgwood. The factory was a pioneer of new products such as those modelled by William Greatbach, and coloured with lead glazes developed by Josiah Wedgwood during his partnership with the Staffordshire potter Thomas Whieldon.
Perfected the fabulous blue ceramic stoneware or jasperware decorated with white relief that antique Wedgwood pottery is most known for today.
Wedgwood Black Basalte Figural Triton Candlesticks Wedgwood developed creamware, known as Queen’s Ware in honour of Queen Charlotte, that rivalled porcelain throughout Europe in the 1760s and 70s and competed with the endless supplies of chinese export porcelain.
Other landmarks include a fine red stoneware known as rosso antico, black basaltes and the jasperware that came to be the company’s best-known product.
By the mid-18thC its products ranged from brooches and snuffboxes to statuettes, plaques and tablewares. It was widely copied and it exported all over Europe and the USA. The companys successes in the 18thC maintained styles into the 19thC, when the emphasis shifted from handcrafted pottery to the production of bone china and majolica.
In 1967, Wedgwood became a public company. Designs of this era included the striking limited edition set of silk-screen bone china plates, as well as the Wedgwood “Egyptian Collection” and “Geometric” theme. Although striking and enjoyed by many, antique Wedgwood pieces of this era carry little if any value for the collector.
In 1986, Wedgwood was taken over by Waterford Glass and was renamed “Waterford Wedgwood.”
Wedgwood 20thC designers include Keith Murray, Voysey and Eric Ravilious.