Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 150,333 pages of information and 235,386 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Thomas Whieldon

From Graces Guide

Thomas Whieldon (1719-1795) was one of the most respected and well known potters of his time.

By 1740, he was the master of pottery at Fenton Low. His talent and renown picked up gradually

By 1748 he was known to have only taken in nineteen employees, one of whom was Josiah Spode.

c.1754 Spode was talented and followed the footsteps of Whieldon but he decided to leave when Whieldon took on Josiah Wedgwood as a close business partner.

In about 1780, Whieldon decided to retire but because of his experience and talent in the art he did, he started and helped boost the careers of Wedgwood and other famous potters.

Whieldon was known for making the Tortoiseshelle Ware. He produced this product by applying the chemical elements copper and manganese to a cream coloured earthenware in order to stain it. Almost immediately after staining the piece would be coated with a clear glaze so as to maintain its solid texture.

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