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Renowned for his tea, dessert and dinner wares, Josiah Spode I was born on 1733 and is thought to have entered the pottery trade aged just 16 before going on to found a name known across the world.In 1778 he despatched his son, also called Josiah, to London to open a shop catering for wealthy customers, establishing the brand's success.This record is a tribute to the quality of the ware produced at Worcester for two hundred and fifty years, a quality which has remained consistent throughout the many changes of fashion and technology.For even today, as one historian has said, 'Worcester is one of the few enterprises where the traditional craftsmanship of the eighteenth century survives'.
The earliest Worcester Porcelain was painted in blue under the glaze and this proved to be the most popular ware throughout the first ten years of the factory's life.
Dramatic steps were also taken to develop new decorative skills and techniques.
Apprenticed at fourteen years old, boys were instructed in Anatomy and Botany and were encouraged to study old master paintings.
In recent years, Royal Worcester, which celebrated its 250th anniversary by inviting The Queen to visit its factory, struck a deal with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to produce cook and dinner ware.
Spode, which set up a factory in Stoke-on-Trent in around 1770, is famous within the industry for the perfection of underglaze blue printing and for leading the development of bone china in the 1790s.