I've been work furiously for shows over the summer, making use of both my kilns, and the other day my kiln mysteriously turned itself off in the middle of a firing. The cause turned out to be voltage dip, a temporary reduction in the power supply. I'd never heard of voltage dip before, but firing my kiln again and finding everything normal, suggests that this was indeed the reason for its stalling.
Josiah Wedgwood acquired the Ridgehouse estate in 1766 for his Etruria factory during a period of commercial expansion, when he had launched his cream-ware and was beginning to get commissions from the upper class. The company traded there until 1940, when they moved to the new factory at Barlaston, and production at Etruria finally stopped … Continue reading WEDGWOOD’S ETRURIA
I've been reading Robin Reilly's biography of Wedgwood, which tells us that he must have heard the name Etruria before he read it because, in his correspondence about his new factory and house, he calls it "Hetruria". His promotion of James Brindley's Trent and Mersey Canal involved negotiations over its route, ensuring that it ran … Continue reading WEDGWOOD’S HOUSE (III)
Writing about Wedgwood reminded me of the postcards that you used to get in the North Staffordshire Potteries showing the town enveloped in smoke from bottle ovens, with ironic captions like, "Fresh air from the Potteries" and "Beautiful My Country".This series of postcards was published in the 1950s by Shaws of Wolstanton, though the photos … Continue reading AN OLD POSTCARD OF STOKE ON TRENT