Monday, December 7, 2015

World famous

Do you have a piece of Wedgwood tea ware?  Me neither.  But, after learning just a bit about the history of Wedgwood, I think it is about time I acquire a set...maybe even two!

Josiah Wedgwood started it all a very long time ago. 1759 to be exact. Josiah (I love that name by the way) was born July 12,  1730  in Staffordshire.  At the young age of 9, he was working with clay and well on his way to becoming  great potter.

Enter smallpox.

He no longer had the use of his leg. For some, that would end it.  Done. No more creating at the wheel.

I have the utmost respect for those who didn't quit when they very well could have.

Josiah turned to designing.  And with the help of others, he, indeed, made a few wares.  In 1759, he founded Wedgwood. I think his "break" came when England's Queen Charlotte ordered a few sets. He was on his way!

The company sells plenty of  tea wares, and know lots about tea.

The World of Wedgwood opened a museum in July of this year in Barlaston, Staffordshire.  In it, there are plenty of artifacts from the 250 years of history.

I can't think of a better way to spend a day walking their landscaped grounds, touring the factory, watching artists at work, buying a piece or two in the retail store, AND topping it off spending the afternoon having tea in the Wedgwood Tea Room.

Want to learn more?
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