Times & Places

Staffordshire Potteries

Staffordshire, in central England, became a center of ceramic production beginning in the mid-17th century both due to the thick layers of clay that lay only a few feet below its surface, and the abundance of available coal to fuel kiln fires. The 100 square mile industrial area known as 'Staffordshire' encompasses the towns of Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke, and Tunstall, and is collectively known as the Staffordshire Potteries. This district has been home to some of the most prolific and innovative English ceramic production of the 18th and 19th centuries, including wares by Thomas Whieldon, Josiah Spode, Ralph Wood, and Josiah Wedgwood.

Heather Bowling, Digital Collections Content Coordinator, 2017.

Drawn from

Pat Halfpenny, ed., Penny Plain Twopence Coloured: Transfer Printing on English Ceramics 1750-1850, (Stafford: George Street Press Ltd, 1994), 33-43.