Wedgwood – A Story of Creation & Innovation Book *

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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.

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Here’s a photo of Gaye showing her book to us

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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”.

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Finally Gaye signing our book for us

About The Wedgwood Book

Title: Wedgwood – A Story of Creation & Innovation Book

Pages: 300+

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.

 

Must read, Afternoon Tea at Wedgwood:  Quintessentially English Afternoon Tea *

 

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.

 

About Wedgwood

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.

Book Information

  • 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

69 Comments

  1. January 24, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    I’ve been to that museum before, we went on a school trip when I was about 7/8 as I’m from Staffordshire. This sounds like such an interesting book!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:06 pm

      Yes its an amazing place, have you been there recently? They do fantastic afternoon tea, great cafe, museum is still open, there is a factory tour as well as making some pottery if you want to have a go at it

  2. January 24, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    oh wow, I would expect this book to be a great selling one to those who have interest in the brand for sure. I remember my grandmother collecting pieces from Wedgwood they were behind a glass cabinet, we could never touch them.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:04 pm

      Yes true, and some pieces are inthe museum or kept away for safety and you can’t get near them so the book is great to get really close to see it in person

  3. January 24, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    Oh I love Wedgwood! My Mum used to collect it all when we were younger, I know it’s all wrapped away in bubble wrap somewhere in the attic, I’d love to get it all back down and have a nosy!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      Yes you should Laura! Wedgwood Pottery is too beautiful to be stashed away in the attic, it needs to be put out and shown around

  4. January 24, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    Wow it sounds really interesting, I wouldn’t normally be into things like this but it sounds really really cool.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:02 pm

      The book is a good read Bethany

  5. January 25, 2018 / 6:41 am

    This is a really interesting read, my mother loves Wedgwood too, so this has reminded me to buy her gift from them x

  6. January 25, 2018 / 8:10 am

    Never heard of Wedgewood myself but the book looks pretty intense with 300 pages to scope through! Nice post!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks Patrick, yes it is pretty amazing read and the photos are great too

  7. January 25, 2018 / 10:40 am

    Wedgewood pottery is so beautiful and iconic. The book sounds interesting to anyone who loves the pottery and history of the home

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      Yes totally Mellissa, its such a great book filled with so much information

  8. January 25, 2018 / 11:02 am

    Huge coffee table books like this are great and this seems like a really interesting look into the history of Wedgwood x

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      Yes it sure is Rhian, fab book to have

  9. January 25, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Ahh the blue and white Wedgwood is so iconic and really takes me back to my childhood when my ‘rich’ Nanny used to have lots of pieces. I bet there are many collectors who woudl love this book. Mich x

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 26, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Yes they would as they would remember each decade and the pottery that was made. Wedgwood is now more affordable and anyone can buy it.

  10. January 25, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    I’ve heard of Wedgwood before but never really knew much about it! This book sounds great to learn more about the classic pieces and learning it’s history.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 26, 2018 / 9:54 am

      Yes it sure is Kirsty

  11. January 25, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    How exciting. I think my dad’s lighting company actually made some lamps for wedgewood years back. I wonder if they are in the book!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 26, 2018 / 9:54 am

      Oh what an interesting news Rachel, you must visit the museum to find out, Wedgwood is renowned to document everything to a tee, so they would have the record for sure

  12. Joanna
    January 26, 2018 / 9:59 am

    I didn’t hear about Wedgewood before but this book sounds fantastic, especially that it tells the story of the brand. I like British brands so I would be interested in reading this book and looking at the high quality photos of their expensive pottery pieces.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 26, 2018 / 7:00 pm

      Yes we totally love all things British, we are glad that Wedgwood have come uop with the book to share with us about their past.

  13. January 26, 2018 / 10:37 am

    Ooh, this book looks interesting and those teapots on the cover are beautiful! I knew that Wedgwood had been around a long time, but I never realised that they were established such a long time ago! x

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 26, 2018 / 6:58 pm

      Yes they have been around for a long time. Its interesting read as it tells you so much facts and timeline on what happened and how the pottery industry has evolved.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 26, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Sure it sure is, lots of details, facts, photos and information about them and the pottery pieces

  14. January 26, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    Oh I love Wedgewood! So interesting to learn more about them! x

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 26, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Yes totally agree Fritha

  15. Dannii
    January 26, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    This brings back some happy memories, as my Nan used to collect this. Looks like a great book.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 26, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Yes it sure is Dannii, glad it brought back lots of memories x

  16. January 26, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    I’ve never heard of Wedgwood, but it’s so nice to learn about something new. Looks like some beautiful pottery designs!
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  17. January 26, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    This looks like a very interesting book for me. I love the idea of being able to tour Wedgwood Museum without leaving your house at all.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 27, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      Yes totally, imagine being able to read this book at your own pace and enjoy it at the comfort of your own home

  18. January 27, 2018 / 3:27 am

    Books like this will make you appreciate the hard work that was put into making the pottery. It’s definitely a must have if you appreciate things like this. It’s amazing that you got to meet Gaye.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 27, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      Thanks Alison, yes she is so wonderful and down to earth and so informative as well

  19. January 27, 2018 / 10:53 am

    My mum loves wedgewood. We used to go to the factory in Stoke a lot!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 27, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      Oh glad to hear that Julia, we are not too far from Stoke too

  20. January 27, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    This is my first time to hear about the Wedgwood and it sounds really interesting. I love to check more about it.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 27, 2018 / 9:16 pm

      Hope you do Angela, especially if you love English Pottery

  21. January 27, 2018 / 5:46 pm

    Ahh Wedgwood have such a fascinating history. I love that the book enables you to get up close to some of the more delicately looked after pieces xxx

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 27, 2018 / 9:16 pm

      That is so true! Was told that some of the pieces are not exhibited at the museum but are kept away, so this book lets you see the items up close and personal

  22. January 27, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    Never heard of Wedgwood before but now I’m really curious and want to know more about it. The book looks amazing and I bet it’s a really great read!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 27, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Yes it is a fabulous book Fretsu, if you are into pottery, history or photography, you would love it

  23. January 27, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    That books looks like a proper coffee table book, love these sorts of books 💗

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 27, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Glad you do Fern

  24. January 27, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    I didn’t know about this museum but I love their story. Taking pottery from a simple utility skill to a luxury item is really incredible when I think about it.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 27, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Yes it totally is, Wedgwood is renowned for their staff who are highly trained and skilled.

  25. January 28, 2018 / 11:13 am

    That’s a reasonable price for such a large book especially with over 200 pictures. I love Wedgewood blue – even thinking of painting our front door that colour!

  26. January 28, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    I’ve never heard of Wedgwood but it seems really beautiful! The blue and white pottery is one of the best pottery designs I have seen 😍 The 300 page book is a lot to read, but I’m sure it would be worth it.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 30, 2018 / 12:30 am

      Wedgwood is big in the UK, America and China at the moment Ja’d, they have so much history and design patterns in the book. Don’t worry you won’t need to read much as most of it is just amazing photos of the pottery.

  27. Maud
    January 28, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    This sounds like a great read. I love museums, so I think I would really enjoy this book. 🙂 Lovely post!

  28. January 28, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    This is the first time I heard about the Wedgwood and so interesting for me, I love to read more about this, Glad that you share this with us

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 30, 2018 / 12:27 am

      Your welcome Angela, glad you enjoyed reading the post

  29. January 28, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    Wow! And I love that you included a video of her speaking about her book! A very professional book review and promotion! xx

  30. January 28, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    I think this looks so extremely intriguing! I enjoyed the video. I know absolutely nothing about Wedgwood but this does sound like something I’d be interested in I’ll need to do my research.

  31. January 28, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    I like beautifully made pottery. It takes such a precision to make. Must be a good book to have.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 30, 2018 / 12:25 am

      Definitely Lubka, a perfect coffee table book to adorn your home

  32. January 28, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    I knew nothing about Wedgwood before this post but now I know a lot more. Great post with a lot of information!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 30, 2018 / 12:24 am

      Thanks for your comment Jenni

  33. January 29, 2018 / 12:34 am

    I love tea and pottery, but I’ve never heard of Wedgwood. I love reading blogs that expose me to things I enjoy, but never knew about. The book looks like a great historical and cultural conversation piece.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 30, 2018 / 12:24 am

      I am glad you learnt something new from our blgo Mira. Yes the book is a fabulous read for fans of pottery, history, photography or just book lovers

  34. January 29, 2018 / 12:54 am

    Those pots are simply DIVINE! I love flicking through books like this for interiors and creation inspiration. I’m a big fan of all things Roman/Greek and this reminds of the kinds of pots they made in ancient times!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 30, 2018 / 12:23 am

      Yes, you are totally right Laura, the book shows where Wedgwood got their inspiration from when designing a certain pottery. Its all listed in the book.

  35. January 29, 2018 / 1:13 am

    I love art books of all kinds, but don’t own any about pottery! Now I want this one, though, especially since the Wedgwood patterns are so intricate and inspiring. Thanks for the detailed review and recommendation!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 30, 2018 / 12:22 am

      Your welcome Evelyne, glad you enjoyed reading the post and hope you picked up a thing or two about Wedgwood Pottery

  36. January 29, 2018 / 3:04 am

    Wow! Looks like a great book even though I’ve never heard of it before! I love how detailed you go in with your reviews plus the YouTube video is a nice touch 🙂

    Stephanie

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 30, 2018 / 12:19 am

      Thanks Stephanie, we try to give our readers as much information as we can about our reviews

  37. January 29, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    I’ve never heard of this before but it looks like a really interesting book, the pieces on the cover look beautiful

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