Definitions for "WEDGWOOD"
Wedgwood is an old pottery company that also makes some porcelain jewelry. The company was founded in Burslem, England in 1752 by Josiah Wedgwood (1730 - 1795), who was Charles Darwin's grandfather. Their signature Jasper ware (white on blue porcelain formed into a cameo) is made into pins, pendants, and necklaces.
Too often misspelled, the firm operating today as part of the Waterford group traces its direct heritage to Josiah Wedgwood, himself the son of a potter. He is generally regarded as the great innovator of British pottery production. The work of Josiah, the partnership of Wedgwood & Bentley, and the successor company is highly prized by collectors and covers a broad scope, well beyond the commonly thought of blue and white jasperware. Countless books on Wedgwood have been produced, largely owing to the extensive surviving correspondence and receipt books held in the Wedgwood Archives at the Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston and the University of Keele, both in Staffordshire.
English potter (1730-1795)