China, Pottery & Porcelain

What is Pottery?

The production of pottery is one of the truly ancient arts known to man. Ceramics in general is the art of heating common clay. In the earliest days of Chinese pottery (approximately 8000 years ago), the clay was used to create either utilitarian or ornamental objects. Ceramics are usually Read more

What is Porcelain?

The generally accepted definition of porcelain is that of a white, vitrified, translucent ceramic, fired to a temperature of at least 1280 centigrade. The body of most Chinese porcelain is made from a mixture of white China clay (kaolin) and porcelain stone (dunzi, a feldspathic rock); the latter being Read more

Wemyss Ware

Collecting Wemyss
The name Wemyss® was given to the new style of pottery in honour of the Wemyss family of the nearby Wemyss castle, who were early and enthusiastic patrons of the ware. The most outstanding feature of the ware is the free-flowing and naturalistic hand painting. The pottery was Read more

Walking Ware

Finding and Buying Walking Ware Pottery
Walking Ware is designed by Lustre Pottery. It is popularly collectible and although the value of some pieces has risen substantially, others can still be purchased relatively cheaply on Ebay. The most popular search categories are Walking Ware, Carltonware and Lustre
Pottery.
As there have been Read more

A Short Guide to Finding and Buying Walking Ware Pottery on Ebay

Walking Ware is designed by Lustre Pottery. It is popularly collectible and although the value of some pieces has risen substantially, others can still be purchased relatively cheaply on Ebay.
The most popular search categories are Walking Ware, Carltonware and Lustre Pottery. As there have been occasions of ‘passing off’ Read more

Types of Kilns & Ovens

The Updraught oven
This is the basic type of oven. It consists of an inner chamber with a domed roof – in which the ware is placed- enclosed within a HOVEL.

Updraught oven at the Middleport Pottery
FLUES and BAGS lead from the FIREMOUTHS to the centre of the oven, and conduct Read more

Toby jugs and mugs

Toby jugs and mugs are full bodied figures and are different from character jugs which only show the head and shoulders. A number of toby jugs have music boxes attached to the bottom that play tunes related to the toby jug theme.
The original toby jug or mug was in Read more

There Were Two Etruria Pottery Works

Pictured: Wedgwood’s Etruria Works in 1898 on the Trent & Mersey canal
The first was the newly built factory of the famous North Staffordshire potter Josiah Wedgwood I, opened on 13th June 1769.
There was also another Etruria pottery works – this one in Trenton, New Jersey, America.
“The Staffordshire of America”
In Read more

The Wedgwood Barlaston Factory Staffordshire

A three hundred and eighty two acre estate located near the village of Barlaston, Staffordshire. The land was purchased by the Wedgwood family in 1936 for the site of the new factory.
The foundation stone was laid on 10 September 1938, and the architects for the factory were Keith Murray Read more

The sagger and the bottom knocker

What is a saggarmaker’s bottom knocker?
What’s My Line? was a Classic British television panel game from the 1950’s. Contestants with unusual occupations sign in, perform a mime of the job that they do, then field yes-or-no questions from four celebrities aiming to work out the contestant’s job.
The weirdest occupation Read more