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Josiah Wedgwood: the Arts and Sciences united

Lectures
Date
11 Apr 2017
Start time
7:30 PM
Venue
Tempest Anderson Hall
Speaker
Dr Gaye Blake Roberts
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Event Information

Josiah Wedgwood: the Arts and Sciences united

by Dr Gaye Blake Roberts, Director of the Wedgwood Museum Trust

Josiah Wedgwood was a potter, pioneer, and philanthropist, who was deservedly called ‘Father of English Potters’ by the Prime Minister, William Gladstone. Wedgwood was born in Burslem, the mother town of ‘The Potteries’, in Staffordshire in one of the most exciting eras in English history, a period of change and development dominated by the industrial revolution.  This lecture will explore the influence of fashion, taste, commerce and culture on Wedgwood ceramics of the 18th century.  It will also discuss Josiah Wedgwood‘s importance as a leading manufacturer during a time of dramatic change within the consumer society in Britain. It will examine his pioneering endeavours to improve pottery manufacturing technology and the development of his ceramic bodies including his unique invention, Jasper. It will also look at Josiah Wedgwood as a scientist and his role within the most influential group of men living in the Midlands, The Lunar Society.

An Art and Science lecture jointly with YEDFAS