Monthly Archives: February 2022

How can you tell if pottery is antique?

To determine if pottery is antique, you should look at its construction, shape, weight and decoration. Antique pottery is often more delicate than modern pottery because it was made using techniques no longer used today.  For example, antique pottery may be thinner, or it may have been fired at a lower temperature. Antique pottery is […]

What is Wedgwood Etruria?

What is Wedgwood Etruria? In 1759 Josiah Wedgwood opened a pottery in the North Staffordshire village of Etruria. This small industrial community is about five miles from Burslem, where earlier members of the Wedgwood family had been running a pottery business since around 1730. By the mid-eighteenth century, there were over 200 potteries in that […]

Is Staffordshire pottery still made?

Is Staffordshire pottery still made? The pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent is now a shadow of its former self. In the 1950s, over 30,000 people were employed in the ceramics industry. But this has gone into freefall since then due to imports and modern manufacturing techniques.  However many Staffordshire firms continue to produce high-quality, hand-decorated pottery […]