Precision and Skill | Wedgwood’s Factory Models

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Precision and Skill | Wedgwood’s Factory Models

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A world first! A unique collection of the Etruria factory’s production models, dating back to the time of Josiah Wedgwood I (1730-1795), will be on temporary display at World of Wedgwood.

Rarely shown to the public, and never seen as a collection, these skilfully executed models open a window to the world of 18th and 19th century Wedgwood prestige production.

The models were used as reference pieces for the workers at the Etruria factory to make Wedgwood’s sophisticated products. Drawings of the models were featured in Shape Books – the catalogues of their day - at Wedgwood’s London store, where prospective customers would browse the pages to select their wares and place their orders.

In the display you can see surviving documentation, including orders, the Shape Books and factory firing records known as ‘Oven Books’. It has been possible to link many of these unique artefacts through to the finished product.

The models are remarkable works of art in their own right and are the ‘unsung heroes’ of the complex and exacting Wedgwood production process. That is, until now. It’s time to appreciate and celebrate the precision and skill of the artistry of the models and their unknown makers.