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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.

We know from surviving factory records that Josiah Wedgwood produced a wide range of flowerpots and root pots to appeal to all markets and tastes. The ornamental ware catalogues mention that ‘…there is a great variety, both in respect to pattern and colour; and the prices vary accordingly.’ Many ‘root’ pots were traditional in form while others had ‘novelty’ appeal.

Rarely has nature been more important to our quality of life than during these current times yet, way back in the 1750s, Josiah Wedgwood had a fascination with the natural world that has proved to be a source of constant inspiration for the craftspeople and designers of Wedgwood. During this series we look at the lasting creations that nature inspired.

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