Spode Timeline 1733 - 1833

Historical Timeline

Josiah Spode I was born

In 1733 Josiah Spode was born and christentend at St. Peter ad Vincula, the parish church of Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire

1754 Josiah Spode I married Ellen Findlay

1784 - Blue Printing

1784 - War broke out

Ceramics Timeline

 Spode family

Spode earthenware 1760s-70s

Spode stonewares of the late 18th century

Spode blue printing

Spode bone china

Spode stone china

Spode felspar porcelain

Spode color printing

Spode's Bone China

True porcelain is made from china clay and china stone; it seems likely that Josiah Spode I was experimenting with bone ash as an added ingredient before his sudden death in 1797.  On Josiah  II’s return to the Staffordshire pottery he continued his father’s work and by 1800  he was marketing Spode's bone china. Whiter than true porcelain and more easily produced, bone china revolutionized the English porcelain market and soon became the standard English porcelain remaining in production for more than 200 years.

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Sugar box, Spode's old oval shape, about 1800-1805, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent