Josiah Wedgwood

James Masters reads from Brian Dolan's new biography of the master potter Josiah Wedgwood.

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0120041129

Born in 1730, in a 'dirty spot of earth', in the Midlands, Josiah could have ended up in the workhouse, but from an early age he showed exceptional talent and determination for self-improvement.

0220041130

Josiah branches out on his own, gets married and acquires a patron.

0320041201

>Josiah's model factory on the new Trent and Mersey Canal is completed, and customers from London to St.

Petersburg are queueing up for the latest 'Etruscan' ware.

0420041202

Sally Wedgwood takes a personal interest in the welfare of the workforce, while Josiah supervises the quality of his pottery by smashing with his stick any item that falls below standard.

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As the air quality in the Burslem Hills deteriorates, Josiah warns workers contemplating emigration of the terrible consequences that could befall them.