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Photography by Kathy McGuinness Designs

Your next trip to World of Wedgwood could be even more interesting

and could yield a unique souvenir -  a bottle

English spirits producer Sixtowns has almost completed its distillery expansion and is preparing to

launch a pink gin this month. The brand is in the midst of transforming its 3,500-square-foot site

into its new distillery. Located in the World of Wedgwood, Stoke-on-Trent, England, the facility

will house a shop, cocktail bar and its own gin school.  Due to open later this year, the distillery

will offer guided tours, gin tastings and cocktail masterclasses.

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Limited edition silver design bottle, which is confined to just 1,000 bottles

A peek into the genetics of a very famous family
 
A recent article in Cureus presents an interesting study entitled Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy, Lactic
Acidosis, and Stroke-Like Episodes (MELAS) in the 18th Century: Mitochondrial Disorders Are Not of
Recent Origins
. The authors examine the personal letters of Josiah Wedgwood and family portraits to
come to modern interpretations and understanding of the chronic ailments affecting the Wedgwood
and Darwin families, in particular, the debilitating illness that afflicted Charles Darwin.

Celebrating the Wonderful Keith Murray

 

Collectible Wedgwood pottery crosses all centuries and a designer to celebrate is Keith Murray.  Murray’s designs are now iconic and to many he is considered a pioneer of the Art Deco style. He produced designs that were very simple; they were bold, modernist pieces produced with clean lines where form was integral to decoration, clearly drawing from his architectural training and his belief that good design should show common sense.

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Keith Murray at Work

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Lot of Keith Murray designed vases and mugs offered by Skinner Auctions