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Bentley, Thomas (1731–1780), porcelain manufacturer, was born on 1 January 1731 at Scropton, Derbyshire, the elder son of Thomas Bentley. His father was a Presbyterian, which may account for Bentley's late baptism on 18 February 1736 at St Paul's Church. He was educated at the ...

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Blashfield, John Marriott (1811–1882), terracotta manufacturer, was born on 1 November 1811 in the parish of St James, Westminster, one of at least two sons of John and Eleanor Blashfield. No further details are known of his background and his early life and education are similarly obscure. By 1841, and described as an artist, he was living at ...

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W. H. Tregellas

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Blore, Robert (1810–1868), porcelain manufacturer, was born in Derby, the son of a monumental mason working in Bridge Gate. Blore served his apprenticeship at the Old Derby china works, but shortly afterwards left to work briefly at Minton's factory. In 1830 he returned to ...

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Bryan, Sir Arthur (1923–2011), industrialist, was born on 4 March 1923 in a terraced house, 8 West Street, Stoke-on-Trent, the son of William Woodall Bryan (1880–1938), painter and decorator, and his wife, Isabell Allan, née Tweedie (1887–1970), a district nurse. His mother, from ...

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Chamberlain, Robert (bap. 1736?, d. 1798), enameller and porcelain manufacturer, may have been the 'base son' (baptismal register) of Sarah Chamberlain and an unknown father, baptized at St Michael's, Bedwardine, Worcester, on 1 August 1736. He was co-founder with his second son, ...

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Champion, Richard (1743–1791), merchant and porcelain manufacturer, was born in Bristol on 6 September 1743, the second child and only son of Joseph Champion (1714–1794), merchant, and Elizabeth (d. 1745), daughter of Francis Rogers, merchant of Bristol. Through his great-grandfather Nehemiah Champion (1649–1722)...

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Cliff, Clarice (1899–1972), ceramic designer and art director, was born on 20 January 1899 at 19 Meir Street, Tunstall, Staffordshire, one of eight children of Harry Thomas Cliff, iron-moulder, and his wife, Ann (née Machin). Her parents were working-class and of Staffordshire...

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Cookworthy, William (1705–1780), porcelain manufacturer and Quaker minister, was born on 12 April 1705, the eldest child of William Cookworthy (1670–1718), a Quaker serge maker of Kingsbridge, Devon, and his wife, Edith (d. 1759), daughter of John and Mary Debell of St Martin by Looe, Cornwall...

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R. E. Graves

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Copeland, William Taylor (1797–1868), pottery manufacturer, was born on 24 March 1797 at Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, the son of William Copeland (1765–1826), partner of the potter Josiah Spode II, and his wife, Mary (d. 1837), née Fowler. He was brought up in the family home in ...