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In later years artists gained considerable inspiration from Wedgwood’s iconic designs and patterns. In this instance, Thomas Allen has adapted the most iconic piece of all: the Portland vase.

Thomas Allen was one of the greatest ceramic artists of the 19th century and joined Wedgwood around late 1875 or early 1876, after a spell working for Minton. In his role as the company’s first art director, Allen had control of a studio of artists. Under his influence the output and range of studio and art wares grew greatly.

Ingredients:

250g Salted butter (Trex for vegan version)
250g Plain flour
100g Caster sugar
100g Custard powder (cornflour for vegan version) 

An exclusive Champagne cocktail created to celebrate 260 years of Wedgwood. It was served at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show beside the award-winning Wedgwood garden. 

Yield 500ml

Yellow Tonquin Tea Syrup

Ingredients:        

260g  Caster sugar
400ml  Fresh cold water
1  Lemon
5g Yellow Tonquin loose leaf tea (from the Wedgwood Wonderlust range)

Method:

What is your name?

Lee Philps

What do you do?

I’m the Food and Beverage Manager for World of Wedgwood. I am responsible for the service delivery for the Wedgwood Tea Room, Dining Hall and Darwin Suite.

What do you like most about your job?

Being able to create memorable experiences on a daily basis for our visitors.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

Gaming, socialising with friends and family, and playing football (badly, I might add).

This cylindrical jasper base is listed in the records of the factory as a ‘lamp case – eight inches’, a simple description for such a decorative piece. The case is for an Argand lamp – a type of oil lamp invented in 1780 with an output of up to ten times brighter than candles. Using jasper would potentially allow some of the light to shine through. The case is made of white jasper with a black jasper ‘dip’ on the outer surface, it has then been ornamented with a continuous bas-relief of the subject ‘Blind Man’s Buff.’

Today, Stubbs is regarded as the greatest British painter of horses and his renowned ‘Anatomy of a Horse’ was published in 1766. Stubbs investigated the possibility of painting with enamel colours on various media including copper and, by 1775, his search for a ceramic ‘support’ was brought to the attention of Wedgwood’s Ornamental Ware partner, Thomas Bentley.

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