Blog post from Friday, 1 May, 2015

On this day, 1st May 1759 , Josiah Wedgwood founded the Wedgwood pottery factory at Stoke-on-Trent in England.

Wedgwood experimented with barium sulphate (caulk), and from it produced jasper, in 1773. Jasperware, which is used for a range of ornaments, blends metallic oxides, often blue, with separately moulded reliefs, generally white. Some were designed for Wedgwood by John Flaxman.

The State Library of New South Wales holds a collection of items made by Wedgwood, including

Vase, c. 1910 / Wedgwood

Medallion panels are of Captain Cook and the “Sydney Cove Medallion”

1 white on blue jasper ware vase, urn-shaped, mounted to a square base and with a small lid. 2 white on green jasper ware medallion panels adorn each side

Joseph Banks, ca. 1800 / portrait medallion by Wedgwood, from an original model by John Flaxman Jnr.