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Adams, William (bap. 1746, d. 1805), potter, was baptized on 15 June 1746 in Tunstall, Staffordshire, the posthumous son of Edward Adams (d. 1745/6), potter, and Martha, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Adams. There were three William Adamses who were potters in ...

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Barlow, Hannah Bolton (1851–1916), ceramicist, was born on 2 November 1851 at Church End House, Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, the seventh of nine children of Benjamin Irlam Barlow (1813–1866), bank manager, and his Quaker wife, Hannah Bolton (1816–1882). As she grew up in rural ...

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Clarice Cliff (1899–1972) by unknown photographer Leonard Griffin

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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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John Dwight (1633x66–1703) by unknown sculptor, c. 1673–5 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Dwight, John (1633x6–1703), chemist and potter, is presumed to have been born at Todenham in Gloucestershire, the second son of a yeoman farmer, George Dwight, and his wife, Joane Greenough (d. 1680), whose marriage took place at Bampton in Oxfordshire on 30 September 1630. By 4 March 1632 they were living at ...

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Bernard Howell Leach (1887–1979) self-portrait, 1914 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Minton, Herbert (1793–1858), pottery manufacturer, was born on 4 February 1793 in Stoke-on-Trent, the second son of ten children of Thomas Minton (1765–1836), engraver and pottery manufacturer, and Sarah, née Webb (1772–1856). Thomas Minton was born at Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, and on leaving school became an apprentice engraver at the ...

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Shaw, Charles (1832–1906), potter and autobiographer, was born in Tunstall, Staffordshire, the third son and fifth of eight children of Enoch Shaw (b. 1792/3), pottery painter and gilder, and his wife, Ann Mawdesley (b. 1796/7). The Shaw family lived in a small terrace house in ...

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Tinworth, George (1843–1913), sculptor and potter, the fourth son of Joshua Tinworth, wheelwright, and his wife, Jane Daniel, was born at 6 Milk Street, Walworth, London, on 5 November 1843. The family was extremely poor and, as a child, he suffered considerable hardship. The strict, dissenting, religious beliefs of his parents restricted his education to biblical texts; throughout his life he remained semi-literate. His talent for wood-carving and modelling was developed first at the ...

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Josiah Wedgwood (1730–1795) by George Stubbs, 1780 Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston

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Wedgwood, Josiah (1899–1968), master potter, was born on 20 October 1899 at Newcastle upon Tyne, the second son of Josiah Clement Wedgwood (1872–1943), later first Baron Wedgwood of Barlaston, politician, and Ethel Kate (1869–1952), daughter of Lord Chief Justice Bowen [see Bowen, Charles Synge Christopher...

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Wedgwood, Josiah (1730–1795), master potter, was born in Burslem, Staffordshire, probably on 12 July 1730, the date on which his baptism was registered at St John's Church in that parish. He was the thirteenth and youngest child of Thomas Wedgwood (1687–1739) and his wife, ...