Thomas Wedgwood IV

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Thomas Wedgwood IV (1716, Burslem–23 February 1773, Burslem) was an English master potter who taught his illustrious youngest brother Josiah Wedgwood the trade.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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Josiah Wedgwood English potter and founder of the Wedgwood company

Josiah Wedgwood was an English potter and entrepreneur. He founded the Wedgwood company. He is credited with the industrialisation of the manufacture of pottery; "it was by intensifying the division of labour that Wedgwood brought about the reduction of cost which enabled his pottery to find markets in all parts of Britain, and also of Europe and America." The renewed classical enthusiasms of the late 1760s and early 1770s were of major importance to his sales promotion. His expensive goods were in much demand from the nobility, while he used emulation effects to market cheaper sets to the rest of society. Every new invention that Wedgwood produced – green glaze, creamware, black basalt and jasper – was quickly copied. Having once achieved perfection in production, he achieved perfection in sales and distribution. His showrooms in London gave the public the chance to see his complete range of tableware.

Wedgwood was the son of the potter Thomas Wedgwood III and his wife Mary Stringer. He married twice, first to Isabell Beech (1722-1750), who had five children, two of whom died in infancy.

with Isabell Beech:

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Wedgwood married again in 1752 to Jane Richards (1715-1785) and they had three children:

Wedgwood was the principal heir of Katherine Wedgwood Egerton (1682/1683-1705) a very rich widow, who was his first cousin once removed, their shared ancestor being Thomas Wedgwood I.

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