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Wedgwood 20th C designers included Keith Murray, CFA Voysey and Eric Ravilious.
He founded the wedgwood company and many of his descendants were closely involved in the management of the company.
In 1765 Wedgwood provided a tea service in this new material for Queen Charlotte, wife of George III.
She was so pleased with it that she gave Wedgwood permission to call it Queens Ware, and to style himself, “Potter to Her Majesty”.
In 1782 he perfected a tool for measuring heat in kilns.
On the basis of his work Wedgwood was elected to the Royal Society in 1783.
Fortunately Josiah was the first potter of note to mark his production with his own name, rather than easily copied potters marks like the crossed sword mark used at Sevres or the Chelsea potteries' anchor mark.
Josiah was not reticent to defend his marks and reputation in court during his lifetime and his successors have followed that pattern to the present day.
The third major innovation for which Wedgwood is remembered is Jasper Ware, which has been described as the most important invention in the history of ceramics since the discovery of porcelain.
In 1768 Wedgwood developed a fine black porcelain called Black Basalt.