Tableware Blog — A Brief History

The History of Johnson Brothers Pottery

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The History of Johnson Brothers Pottery

Johnson Brothers is a pottery known for introducing early semi-porcelain tableware. Founded by Frederick and Alfred Johnson way back in 1883, the brothers were actually the grandsons of renowned English potter, Alfred Meakin, which no doubt helped to stir up interest in their new pottery venture. They started with simple wares of flow blue porcelains, but as they expanded, more variety was introduced, specifically with the introduction of transferware for which they established a name for themselves early on. In 1888, their elder brother Henry joined the business venture as well.  Henry produced his wares in a factory named the...

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Pottery Focus: Purbeck Pottery

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Pottery Focus: Purbeck Pottery

Purbeck Pottery's origins are not that old when compared to many of the UK's best known potteries. It wasn't until 1966 when a small group led by Stanley Laws formed a new limited company and purchased premises, previously owned by the Branksome China group, in Seamoor Road, Westbourne, Dorset. Interesting, all but one of the founding Directors were ex employees of the more famous Poole Pottery. Together they recognised the growing demand of the time for stoneware tableware and decorative items; a demand that Poole Pottery were struggling to meet due to their already over burdened production capacity. The founding...

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