Stratton & Wedgwood - A Short History

Stratton & Wedgwood - A Short History




The collaboration of Laughton & Sons (the owners of Stratton compacts & accessories) & Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd was one that worked so well for commemorative collectibles made especially to mark royal celebrations & also when producing good quality vanities.

The company was founded on 1st May by Josiah Wedgwood (12 July 1730—3 January 1795). He was the grandfather of Charles Darwin. Josiah Wedgwood was a potter who was credited with the vision to see the need for industrialisation of the pottery industry.

Born in Burslem in an area known as ‘The Potteries’ for obvious reasons in Staffordshire. Even as a young boy of nine he was considered a skilled potter. He survived a serious attack of smallpox which considerably weakened his knee. As a result of this he was unable to work the foot pedal of a  potter’s wheel.

This weakness meant he concentrated on designing pottery. When he was in his twenties he began working with the well known & celebrated pottery-maker of the era - Thomas Whieldon

In 1754 they became business partners. Great trials took place & large amounts were invested by Josiah Wedgwood who had married (1764) a wealthy distant cousin, Sarah Wedgwood.

Josiah Wedgwood was very interested in the scientific methods that were being developed & how they may advance his business. His unique glazes began to make his pottery look different from anything else available at the time. This ‘look’ garnered him much business from the royal, rich & famous. He is probably the most famous potter of this era.

By 1763 Wedgwood had persuaded Queen Charlotte to allow him call the pottery she had purchased ‘Queen’s Ware’. What a marvellous boost for trade! This association was made very public featuring on Wedgwood stationery & paperwork.