Artisans of Influence

Josiah Wedgwood 1730-1795

Josiah Wedgwood
English potter, whose works are among the finest examples of ceramic art.
Wedgwood was born in Burslem, Staffordshire, on July 12, 1730, into a family with a long tradition as potters. At the age of nine, after the death of his father, he worked in his family’s pottery.
In Read more

Charles AHRENFELDT (1807-94)

Charles AHRENFELDT (1807-94) was born in Germany. He began importing porcelain into New York City in the 1830s. During the 1840s he moved to Paris and had a decorating studio. Sometime between 1859 and the late 1860s he established an exporting firm in Limoges and developed a wide export Read more

Ernst Wahliss

By the late 1880s, merchant Ernst Wahliss had established himself as Vienna’s leading retailer in porcelain goods. In 1894, he purchased the Alfred Stellmacher factory in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, and began to produce decorative ceramics under the name Ernst Wahliss Kunst-, Porzellan- und Fayence-Fabrik. By 1907 his son Gerhard Martin Read more

Edmé Samson

Edmé Samson, born in Paris in 1810, established the porcelain company of Samson-Edmé et Cie in 1945. Samson began his career by producing replacement pieces, from museums and private collections, which it assured would be clearly marked to avoid confusion with the originals.
All wares were reproduced in a glossy, Read more

Daisy Makeig-Jones Wedgwood Artist 1881-1945

One of seven children, Susannah Margaretta ‘Daisy’ Makeig-Jones was born in 1881 in a small mining village near Rotherham, where her father was a GP. From an early age, Daisy showed she had an artistic talent and when her father moved his practice to Torquay, she entered the town’s Read more

Colourful Clarice Cliff 1899-1972

Clarice Cliff is a Potteries born and bred artist whose popular Art Deco designs of the 1930’s are fetching huge amounts of cash at auction.
One of the rarer pieces was sold for £40,000 recently.
LAUNCHED in 1927, few would have predicted the evergreen appeal of the bright and bold Bizarre Read more

John Speed (1552-1629) Antique maps

John Speed (1552-1629) was one of the most famous British mapmakers of the seventeenth century, and indeed perhaps the most popular of all with map collectors around the world. Historically he is noted for placing England into the mainstream of map publishing which had been dominated by the Dutch Read more

Amazing Artwork of Liu Bolin the Invisible Man


Liu Bolin is an artist from China’s Shandong province. Born in 1973, he currently lives and works in Beijing. Bolin received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Shandong College of Arts in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing Read more

Johannes Gutenberg 1400-1468

Short Biography profile and facts about the life of Johannes Gutenberg
The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life and history of Johannes Gutenberg a famous Medieval character of the Middle Ages:

Nationality: German
Lifespan: c1400 – 1468
Date of Birth: He was born c1400 – his exact date of birth Read more

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)

By the end of the 19th century Glasgow School of Art was one of the leading art academies in Europe and after early success in the fine arts, the late 1890s saw Glasgow’s reputation in architecture and the decorative arts reach an all time high. At the very heart Read more