Wedgwood Fine China
Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood, who was known as the 'father of English potters'. Wedgwood is a family owned company.
In 1765, Josiah developed a cream-colored earthenware, which today is called "Queen's Ware", thanks to Queen Charlotte who loved it so much.
In 1768, Wedgwood developed his first ornamental ware, Black Basalt, which is still used today for relief plaques, medallions and 'useful wares'.
Josiah was most famous for his Jasperware, unglazed vitreous fine stoneware, which could be stained blue, green, lilac, yellow or black for backgrounds for white classic-inspired portraits or reliefs.
In the 1930's, Josiah Wedgwood V, purchased a new piece of land in Barleston and built an expansive, all-electric, Wedgwood factory. The factory expanded four times its original size.
In 1986, Wedgwood became a division of Waterford Wedgwood plc. Waterford Wedgwood is the largest tabletop manufacturer worldwide.
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