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Josiah Wedgwood pursued his amateur hobby of shell collecting, or conchology, with immense enthusiasm and enjoyment. He wrote to his business partner and friend Thomas Bentley in September 1778 that, ‘…firmly believing idleness to be one of the seven-teen deadly sins …I have got my face over a shell drawer and find myself in imminent danger of becoming a connoisseur. You can scarcely conceive the progress I have made in a month or two in the deep & very elaborate science of shell-fancying.’

Introduced in 2021, designed by the Wedgwood Design Team and made here in Barlaston, this new collection of prestige vases and teaware is a celebration of the artistry, creativity and quality Wedgwood is renowned for around the world. The classically inspired shapes in fine bone china are decorated with archive inspired botanical designs in bold and exotic colours. The imaginative design creates an expressive and richly eclectic visual experience – an eye catching contrast.

This model of a tiger and buck perfectly evokes the art deco era. The figurines John Skeaping produced for Wedgwood were executed in a minimalist yet commanding style, and were very contemporary in the 1920s.

John Rattenbury Skeaping was born in Essex in 1901 and studied at Blackheath School of Art.  Eventually he became a scholar at the Royal Academy School and, in 1924, he won the Prix de Rome – a prize that included a gold medal and a bursary for the winner to work in Rome. During his three years in Rome Skeaping married the sculptress Barbara Hepworth.

The switch to decimal currency in the United Kingdom happened on Monday 15 February 1971 – it was known as Decimal Day. To mark the 50th anniversary of this day, we’re taking a look at this bespoke, limited edition coin made in the Barlaston factory in 2018.

The Three Graces £5 Coin was handmade in Wedgwood's finest Jasperware and released on behalf of Tristan Da Cunha – the group of islands in the South Atlantic ocean. It is the first legal tender coin to be made in Jasper.

Let’s get romantic! Valentine’s weekend is just around the corner and this easy recipe makes an impressive Valentine’s Day Brunch – a great way to score maximum points with your loved one. 

Serves two

Ingredients: 

2 plain bagels
8g butter or buttery spread
1 avocado
140g smoked salmon, sliced
Juice of half a lime
Pinch of chilli flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
500ml cold water
2 free range eggs
½ teaspoon baby capers
Rocket to garnish

Method:

During the late 18th century there was a rage for all things natural, and many of the border designs featured in the early pattern books reflect the then popularity of botanical motifs. As an industrialist and entrepreneur, Josiah took full advantage of such popular trends. The variety of hand-enamelled and transfer-printed patterns evolved by his in-house artists used the Queen’s ware body as a ‘canvas’ to great effect.

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