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Alexis E. Barton at Juniper restaurant in Birmingham, Ala. (Andi Rice for The Washington Post)

My family found joy in entertaining

Wedgwood china continues to be the center of family life and gatherings.  Alexis Barton shares her

family's long history of collecting and setting a fine table with their Wedgwood china and the feelings that those memories evoke.  Ms. Barton writes of purchasing her first set of fine china,  Sheila Bridges Harlem Toile de Jouy and how it honors all the past generations of her loved ones.  The link below will

direct you to the full article as it appeared in the Washington Post Sunday magazine.

The battle of the Entrepreneurs: the surprise (not) winner


Much has been written about entrepreneurs across the centuries.  No surprise that author Derek Lidow has looked back 200 years to come up with a unique measure of success:  The Josiah Wedgwood Scale.  In researching a book on the history of entrepreneurship, Lidow found no entrepreneur more innovative than Josiah Wedgwood.  Wedgwood pioneered world-changing innovations in six critical areas—multiple technologies, design, production, merchandising, sales, and marketing—and against those accomplishments Lidow measures other entrepreneurs and their efforts to see how their achievements stand up to the test of time.

Mr. Lidow discusses his new book The Entrepreneurs: The Relentless Quest for Value in the video (linked below).  The specific discussion of Josiah

Wedgwood begins at 28:20 minutes into the video.

Apple's Steve Jobs- Following in Wedgwood's footsteps

Author Derek Lidow

One-of-a-kind Wedgwood tea and coffee set is now on display

at the V&A Wedgwood Collection in Barlaston










StokeOnTrent Live reports that a one-of-a-kind Wedgwood tea and coffee set which previously belonged to fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is now on display in Staffordshire. The 'Campanula' set can now be seen at the V&A Wedgwood Collection in Barlaston and was owned by the controversial creative director for Chanel until his death in 2019. Designed by Paul Follot for Wedgwood, the hand-painted set was made around 1923 and includes 16 cups, 15 saucers, a teapot, a coffee pot, a milk jug and a sugar pot. The pieces are thought

to be the only examples of this pattern and shape in existence. 

The stunning Campanula set can now be seen at the V&A Wedgwood Collection in Barlaston


The poor potter who invented modern advertising


Wedgwood & Byerley showroom, York Street

BBC Select discusses Josiah Wedgwood's humble origin and his marketing strategies to appeal to the social aspirations of the growing  middle class.  From opening the first purpose built showroom in the fashionable West End of London, to clever invoicing techniques, Wedgwood transformed the buying public's tastes and vastly increased his sales and ultimately his wealth.