English pottery changed very little from the Norman
Conquest to the eighteenth century.
Gradual improvements were then made in the process
By mid century Josiah Wedgwood (shown in the picture)
was leading the way in improving and cheapening methods of
His innovations included using steam power to grind
materials, helping in the building of the canal system to
transport both raw materials and finished goods, and adapting
the power lathe for certain jobs.
Wedgwood potteries also supplied porcelain dentures
- 12,000 in 1804 - but they didn't fit very well!
What do you think inspired the designs on some of
Wedgwood's china and pottery?
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