Sunday, 5 April 2020

Spode and April

Click here for my new SpodeHistory blogpost Spode and April.
Hamilton pattern on April shape

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

A Beautiful Dinner Service

What did the Spodes use on their dining table? Find out here.

And here's a clue...

Friday, 4 January 2019

Spode's Bottle Ovens... and a New Book

'Bottle ovens became the most important part of the pottery factory.
One disastrous firing could ruin a potbank.'

Bottle Ovens & the Story of the Final Firing 

by Terry Woolliscroft and Pam Woolliscroft
published by Gladstone Pottery Museum
August 1st 2018
ISBN 978 0 9505411 3 6
Buy the book!

Find facts and figures about Spode's bottle ovens on my blogpost Spode and Bottle Ovens
Spode Factory 1930s
Lots more about bottle ovens on Spode History's Bottle Ovens page

Winter etc

The seasons of the year are often a design them in both useful and ornamental wares made by Spode, and also, in parian figures. Find out about Seasons pattern on the S page here.
Plate (detail) Seasons pattern
Parian figure, 'Spring Flowers' c1875

Friday, 14 July 2017

Clobbering Plates

This lovely word - clobbering - is explained on the updated C page.

I shall tempt you there with a sneak preview of the plate which is featured.

Click HERE>

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Statuary Porcelain and London

Two updates.

More about the London business on the L page linking you to blogposts on Spode History.

And also a little more about Parian on the P page. It was originally called Copeland's Statuary Porcelain.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Parian Updated 2017

I have added another link to a new blog post on parian on the P page.

If you love parian ware already or want to know what it is and learn more about the production of the Spode factory then have a look at my blog Spode History as well as the P page here... and of course the go-to book by Robert Copeland. Full details on my booklist.

As well as for statuary, parian could also be used for the manufacture of decorative items such as vases and tableware such as this water bottle illustrated here.
Parian water bottle handpainted and gilded late 1800s