Adams Family Pottery – (Ceramics, Pottery, England) Glossary of Antique Terms

Adams Family Pottery – (Ceramics, Pottery, England) The Adams family had potteries in Staffordshire as early as 1650. At that date two brothers; William and Thomas had separate ventures in Burslem, England. Such family activity continued for many years. William Adams and Company, with large potteries in Tunstall was managed by members who were the 11th and 12th generations in direct descent from the original 17th century Adams of Burslem. There is no longer an Adams pottery; some of their designs are still produced with their backstamp under the Wedgwood Group name. Adams joined the Wedgwood Group in 1966.A famous and recurring name in Staffordshire. The most important are three William Adams. The first (1746-1805) made at Burslem from about 1770 and at Tunstall from about 1780 cream-colored earthenware, blue-printed earthenware and, most notably, jasper ware that rivaled that of Wedgwood. The second (1748-1831) made at Cobridge and at Burslem from about 1770 various kinds of earthenware and, in the early nineteenth century, some china. The third (1772-1829) was in partnership with his father-in-law at Burslem for a time, but from 1804 was in business on his own at Stoke-on-Trent, making useful earthenware and stoneware, bone china (from c. 1810) and Parian statuary. The business was carried on by his several sons until 1864.

Vintage 60s Adams Calyx Ware Ironstone ginger jar


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