Wedgewood - English tableware - father of English potters

Josiah Wedgewood is credited with being the father of English potters. Born at Burslen, Stoke on Trent, in the 'Poteries', he lived there 1730-1795 and was said to be a man of action.

He produced porcelain for the urban middle class with the idea of developing tableware that was both durable and useful.

"Milk in First", the commandment of English tea ceremonies at the time, was due to the need for pottery to be extremely heat sensitive at the time. He developed light, thin earthenware with light cream-colored shards. This is how the "Creme Ware" came about, covered with a shimmering lead glaze, which was very similar to the precious porcelain. Wegdewood was regarded as an autodidact who was keen to experiment and was inspired by highly fashionable forms of jewellery.
His porcelain style: classical, elegant, delicate. This is how the Fine Bone China line, the Wedgewood Earthenware, came about.
Wedgewood tableware was used by Catherine of Russia, President Roosevelt, USA and Queen Elizabeth II.