The Josiah Spodes : Pottery Pioneers

Josiah Spode

In this talk, Pam Woolliscroft, former Curator of the Spode Museum in Stoke-on-Trent, UK, discusses the two Josiah Spodes (father and son), pottery pioneers, their businesses and their pots.

The father, Josiah Spode I, started from nothing to create a successful pottery business in Stoke. The son, Josiah Spode II, took the business to new success and accolade. From humble beginnings, this father and son team achieved worldwide success in just a few decades of the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Spanning the years 1733 to 1833, this is a fresh look at their pioneering roles, invention and innovation, at the beginning of the development of the famous pottery industry in Staffordshire. Their success led to Spode being described as '...without doubt the most important factory in the 19th century'.

Pam brings together their inspiring story using well-known sources, more recent independent research, and her own research and observations - getting the facts straight and dispelling some of the myths. She looks at the two Josiah Spodes early lives, their businesses and, of course, their beautiful, high quality pots.

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The Josiah Spodes pottery pioneers
The Josiah Spodes, pottery pioneers
A range of items in Spode's pattern 1166  c1811