The Wedgwood Museum In Stoke-on-Trent
I headed to the Wedgwood Museum in Stoke-on-Trent with the Jasper Conran team last week to tour the fantastic more than 200 year-old Wedgwood empire, the working Wedgwood factory and have a browse (and the odd purchase or 3) from the fab factory shop!
Wedgwood produces the Jasper Conran at Wedgwood dinner service and the company has an incredible heritage so we were keen to hear the history of the Wedgwood dynasty. The story of Josian Wedgwood I was so interesting – he was a social reformer and key to the industrial revolution, he ran his business like it was a modern day company and his skill and attention to detail made him a pioneer in the ceramics world.
The museum takes you on a journey through the social and industrial history of Stoke-on-Trent and the ceramics trade, which is sadly a lot smaller than it used to be. Afterwards we visited the factory and saw the modern-day potters at work. Many of the skills which are used by the potters are known by only a handful of people in the world, and one of the most famous pieces (the Portland Vase) needs such artistry to make, that it takes a a skilled potter over five years to master.
Check out my article on the Jasper Conran website: ‘The History of Wedgwood: A Journey Through The Ceramic Ages,‘ for the full review.
Afterwards, I headed to the factory shop where you can pick-up many of the Wedgwood ranges. I bought a few Christmas presents, a Wedgwood crystal whisky and port decanter and some lovely Georgian-style big dinner plates for Sunday roast dinner parties.
See The Wedgwood Museum website for more info on the place.