How would you like to bring back a little bit of Wedgwood back home with you? Well …that’s what we did by the way, we were given a copy of the hardback book and we just adore it. The book was published three months ago has over 300 pages of stories of Wedgwood and its potteries as well as over 200 fantastic coloured and black & white photos (all photographed at a make-shift studio in Barlaston in Stoke-on-Trent) to accompany it. We love that each page brings the selected portfolio of objects from the museum as well as archives to life with interesting facts and images. The book has a lot of close up images of various patterns and which are recognised as the Wedgwood design and tells you the history behind its creation such as the Jasper ware collection. It also shares patterns created or inspired from other countries and cultures such as the Egyptians, Romans, Japanese and Chinese amongst others. There is also a chapter dedicated to the historical timeline of Wedgwood’s family outlining such details about each accomplishments as well as a page on Glossary explaning some useful terms.
Reading the Introduction from Alice Rawsthorn, we just adored that her opening para speaks of Jane Austen’s letter to her sister telling her that she was waiting for some Wedgwood ware and that she was going to have a Wedgwood breakfast service! How marvelous is that? (Next time we read any of Jane Austen’s book we will be having our cup of tea in proper Wedgwood teaware just like her).
We met up with Gaye Blake-Roberts who is the Museum Curator and who is every so knowledgeable to speak to us about her book. Here she is with a short introduction about it.
What we love about the book
This is a great book to have in your home, its like taking a little trip to the Wedgwood Museum without leaving your house at all. There are lots of photos and most of them of just close up of the details or patterns on the pottery which allows you to marvel at it. We also loved looking at the photos of the watercolour sketches such as the one done by Thomas Allen in the 1800s, Allen was the Art Director at Wedgwood at the time, so beautiful and preserved so well. Some of the bone china pottery are so priceless that you would never be able to get that close to it in real life but the book allows you to get upclose and admire each piece for as long as you like over a cuppa. This is also a fabulous gift to give someone, especially for Christmas whether it is to your family, loved ones or Corporate clients who love all things English.
Here’s a photo of Gaye showing her book to us
Here’s Gaye explaining to us about one of the pottery pieces featured in her book, “This is the modern pallette of black, white and pink emphasising the geometric lines found within each piece and heightens the drama created throught the manufacturing techniques”.
Finally Gaye signing our book for us
About The Wedgwood Book
Title: Wedgwood – A Story of Creation & Innovation Book
Photographs: 200+ (Colour and Black and White)
The Wedgwood Book – A Story of Creation & Innovation, published by celebrated publisher Rizzoli, is a story of over 250 years of heritage and creation. It offers a unique insight into curated collections, achievements of the company and its deep heritage in the pottery making industry. This book would make the perfect gift for avid Wedgwood enthusiasts and collectors, and a sought-after piece for anybody’s home. A visual celebration of English craftsmanship, innovation and never-before seen photographs and drawings from the Wedgwood archives.
From the Inside – This is the definitive book on Wedgwood, the preeminent luxury china brand in the world and the essence of English design and craftsmanship. Founded in 1759, Wedgwood has a deep heritage in pottery making that represents timeless design and enduring style. The eponymous founder, Josiah Wedgwood, was an entrepreneur and visionary who quickly became Britain s most successful ceramics pioneer, elevating pottery from a cottage craft into a luxury good and an art form. He was the mastermind behind Wedgwood s most enduring pieces, including Queen s Ware, Black Basalt, and Jasperware. That tradition of master craftsmanship and innovation continues today as Wedgwood works with celebrated designers such as Vera Wang and Jasper Conran. With historic photographs, drawings, and watercolours from Wedgwood s extensive archive, which display the craftsmanship and technical innovation, this book is a visual celebration of English design. It offers a lavish look at some of the most timeless china creations in history with a focus on Wedgwood s 100 icons, in-depth essays on the brand and its history, and pattern books and sketches from the Wedgwood archives. While paying homage to the pioneering spirit of Wedgwood, this volume documents the achievements of a brand that is a symbol of elegance and timelessness, infusing classic craftsmanship with fresh design, and promises to impress fans of Wedgwood, old and new.
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How much is the book and where can I purchase it?
The hardback book costs £50 and you can buy the book on Wedgwood’s website here.
Wedgwood is a story of more than 250 years of Creation and Innovation with a deep heritage in pottery making that represents classic design and enduring style founded in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood. He quickly became Britain’s most successful ceramic pioneer, elevating pottery from a cottage craft into a luxury goods and art form, which is still globally relevant today. “A Story of Creation and Innovation” pays homage to the pioneering spirit of Wedgwood, documenting the achievements of a brand that is a symbol of elegance, infusing classic artistry with fresh design, and promises to impress fans of Wedgwood, old and new. It offers a unique insight into a curated collection of avant-garde products and artifacts of the past 250 years, including enduring materials like Queen’s Ware, Black Basalt and Jasper, as well as Wedgwood collections with design partners such as Keith Murray, Eduardo Paolozzi, Nick Munro and Jasper Conran. With rarely seen photographs, drawings, and watercolors selected from Wedgwood’s extensive archive, this book is a visual celebration of English craftsmanship, quality and innovation.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages, 200 colour and B&W photographs
- Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
- Publication Date: 03/10/2017
- Category: Ceramic arts, pottery, glass
- ISBN: 9780847860104