Josiah Wedgwood and Sons was founded in Burslem-Staffordshire, England in May 1759. Throughout the 18th century the company produced ceramic products, the most popular of which was Jasperware, a stoneware, which was created to look like ancient Roman cameo glass. Also, produced at this time was a cream colored eathernware product that was favored by Queen Charlotte which became known as Queensware. Inspired by an ancient Roman vessel known as the Portland Vase, Wedgwood utilized motifs from ancient cultures, particularly Roman, Greek and Egyptian. During this period Wedgwood also produced a black stoneware known as Black Basalt. Into the 19th century the company became successful producing hard-paste... more.

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