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Jasperware - arguably Josiah Wedgwood’s most important contribution to ceramic art and the foundation for our iconic Wedgwood Blue. Being such an integral part of our Wedgwood story, we are frequently asked questions about the admired material, from care guidance to the history and the making.Here we take the opportunity to answer your questions about our esteemed Jasperware.
Featured Jasperware collections still carefully handcrafted by expert artisans in Barlaston include:
Josiah’s eldest son, John Wedgwood, expressed a deep interest in botany and horticulture, even co-founding the Royal Horticulture Society in 1804. The Jasperware products crafted today reflect this passion from the past, whilst being contemporary enough to allow Jasperware to sit in homes, showcasing blooming botanicals in modern day.
Our Burlington Pots developed in collaboration with Laura Cavendish, Countess of Burlington, draw inspiration from the Wedgwood focus on craftsmanship. These pots are a beautiful nod to our rich heritage and each piece is a unique piece of art, with each plant pot hand-stamped with its size.
Each piece is wonderfully unique, as the two colours of jasper body layer together and twist while moulded into shape. This process of creation allows for each piece to remain individual, lovingly handmade with natural and authentic sensibility.
Many ask how to care for Jasperware, and whether you can wash Jasperware, given that it is a high fired stoneware. The following care guidance is advisable as the preferable way to maintain Jasperware:
However, it is important to note that before undertaking this process, it is recommended to examine the piece of Jasperware to ensure that it has not been glued or repaired, or that any of the bas-relief ornaments have 'lifted'.
By December 1774 Wedgwood had 'no doubt of being able to give a fine white composition any tint of fine blue.' And by January 1775 the stage was set for blue Jasper: 'The blue body I am likewise absolute in of almost any shade, and have likewise a beautiful Sea Green and several other colours.'
Read more about our iconic Wedgwood Blue that continues to inspire around the world here.