Josiah Spode


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Noun1.Josiah Spode - English potter who started a pottery famous for its bone china (1754-1827)Josiah Spode - English potter who started a pottery famous for its bone china (1754-1827)
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Spode, which was founded by Josiah Spode in 1767, is one of the most well regarded potteries in the world.
In 1784, Josiah Spode I developed the novel technique of transfer printing designs engraved on copper plates.
Josiah Spode is credited with taking the process a stage further by developing a method for transfer printing in blue under the glaze which made the design more durable.
Wedgwood began working in bone china in 1812; about 14 years after its quality was improved by Josiah Spode who started calcining the animal bone separately from all of the other clays in the formula.
Royal Worcester has been manufacturing since 1751, while pottery legend Josiah Spode Jr set up his ceramic firm in about 1770 and Mr Steele said that heritage would be a big asset for the future.
Josiah Spode, founder of the famous factory, was born on March 23, 1733, in a village that is now part of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, nicknamed The Potteries.
My favorite is "All the Blue: From the Director's Book of Josiah Spode," the English ceramicist's dramatic recipe for heating a mixture of plaster, borax, and cobalt monoxide in a reverberatory furnace to create a substance known simply as "blue":