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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 […]

What era, is ball and claw furniture?

What era, is ball and claw furniture? Ball and claw furniture is a style of furniture that was popular from the Antique, Victorian, Classical Revival, and later Victorian periods through to Queen Anne Revival in different forms. The ball and claw design is often seen on chairs, dining tables, and desks. The name derives from […]