A Wedgwood Legacy


Wedgwood Harlequin Collection Yellow Butterfly Teacup and Saucer from the Schades

Last year for my birthday, as one of my birthday gifts Ruben and the Schade family presented me with a Wedgwood Harlequin Collection Yellow Butterfly Teacup and Saucer, as I had demonstrated a little bit of an obsession with their own extensive teacup collections.

The Harlequin Collection by Wedgwood brings whimsy and romance back to the stuffy, staid tradition of 'English tea time.' Featuring bright colours and stunning designs, teacup and saucer sets bring vibrant colour and energy to any gathering; and makes truly stunning giftware for anybody who enjoys adding a little 'extra' to the 'ordinary.'

This gift cemented the name of Wedgwood in my mind, when I hadn’t previously heard of them before, but it was clear they made exceptional bone china with intricate and beautiful packaging. Nonetheless, this didn’t stop me from misspelling their name as ‘Wedgewood’ numerous times.

Browsing the United States Wedgwood site today, I was surprised to see an In Memoriam for Lord Wedgwood. A descendant of Josian Wedgwood I, who was touted the 18th century ‘father of English pottery’, Piers (etc) Wedgwood was a Global Brand Ambassador who assumed the Wedgwood legacy when his father died when he was 16.

I wonder if there will be another Wedgwood to take up the reins? Regardless, their name and legacy lives on.

Wedgwood, an iconic English pottery brand, announces with great sadness the death of Piers Anthony Weymouth Wedgwood. A descendent of Josiah Wedgwood I, the 18th century “father of English pottery,” Lord Wedgwood passed away from cardiac failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania January 29, 2014 at age 59.

“Lord Wedgwood was a true English gentleman,” said Pierre de Villemejane, CEO of WWRD, the holding company of Wedgwood. “The Wedgwood family has lost a passionate visionary, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who were fortunate enough to know and work with Piers have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.” (Read more)