Dating wedgwood pottery
Wedgwood on the whole is not difficult to find, but specific pieces ñ especially pieces with rare maker’s marks or those that were produced in limited quantities ñ are tougher to find.
A large variety of wares has been made, including the well-known jasperware, basalt, creamware, and even a limited amount of porcelain.
It was rapidly successful and was soon one of the largest manufacturers of Staffordshire pottery, "a firm that has done more to spread the knowledge and enhance the reputation of British ceramic art than any other manufacturer", exporting across Europe as far as Russia, and to the Americas.
It was especially successful at producing fine earthenware and stonewares that were accepted as equivalent in quality to porcelain (which Wedgwood only made later) but were considerably cheaper.
In 1765, Wedgwood created a new variety of creamware, a fine glazed earthenware, which impressed the then British Queen consort Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who gave official permission to call it "Queen's Ware" after ordering a teaset in 1765.
This new form, perfected as white pearlware (from 1780), sold extremely well across Europe, and to America.Queensware, a cream-colored pottery developed by Josiah Wedgwood, was a popular dinnerware by 1765. One is made from two colors of clay, the other is made from one color of clay with a color dip to create the contrast in design.