Thomas Wedgwood

<p><b>Artist Unknown</b>, <i>Thomas Wedgewood</i>, date unknown. From a chalk drawing belonging to Miss Wedgwood, of Leith Hill Place.</p>
<p><b>Josiah Wedgwood and Sons</b>, <i>Portland vase</i>, 1840-60. A jasper-ware copy of the original cameo glass Portland Vase attributed to Dioskourides, a skilled Roman gem cutter, from circa 32 BC - 25 AD.</p>
<p><b>Wedgwood Company</b>, <i>The Apotheosis of Homer vase</i>, 1786.</p>
1770 , d. 1804

Son of Josiah Wedgwood, a potter who founded the Wedgwood Company and industrialized pottery; Josiah and the Wedgwood Company were known for jasperware (colored stoneware applied with relief decoration), "wedgwood blue", and developing modern marketing techniques. Thomas, whose poor health kept him from being a partner in the business for more than a few years, became interested in light-sensitive materials. He is the first person documented to think of and try using light-sensitive material to capture images made by a camera obscura, and in the 1790s created "sun pictures" (photograms) on sensitized paper, white leather, glass and ceramic - perhaps with the idea of aiding the copy of designs onto pottery. Thirty years before John Herschel discovered how to dissolve light-sensitive silver halides, he was not able to find a way to render his images permanent, however - if exposed to light they would darken and the image would be lost - so no definite examples of his work remain.

time well spent

closeup view Jack Troy cup, links to Jack Troy artist page

time to explore

link to newest page of ceramic artist links, including link to Scott Parady, pictured

time flies

Link to monthly image blog