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Transcript of Josiah Wedgwood
Interest was roused through friends such as Thomas Clarkson and Thomas Bentley
1787: Founded the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade with Thomas Clarkson and Granville Sharpe Wedgwood’s most important contribution to the abolitionist movement
Became the seal of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Significantly helped spread awareness of the injustices of the slave trade and its abolition
1787: Wedgwood produced first of medallions in jasperware and cameo
•1788: Some were sent to Benjamin Franklin, then leader of the American abolitionist movement
Medallion design was popularly worn in fashion by men and women Background Most important figure in British ceramic history
Born July 12, 1730 in Burslem, Straffordshire
Family was in the pottery business
Contracted smallpox at age 11
Died January 3, 1795 Career Was apprenticed as a thrower by older brother Thomas following the death of their father
1763: Patented a cream-colored pottery, later known as Queen's Ware and was employed by Queen Charlotte
1768: Entered partnership with close friend Thomas Bentley and produced ornamental vases
1771: Built a factory called Etruria Inscription became slogan of British and American abolitionists "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" Other Mid-Life Events Provided assistance in building the Trent & Mersey Canal
1777: Was able to bring Cornish clay to his factory via the complete canal
Became an Unitarian (a political reformer)
1783: Was elected a member of the Royal Society for inventing the pyrometer, a gadget used to measure high temperatures by Haley and Hannah His most significant contributions in ceramic developments were Josiah Wedgwood died on January 3, 1895.
Although he was unable to witness the end of the British slave trade, he contributed greatly to its abolition during his lifetime. The legacy he left as a great British potter and slave abolitionist still lives. jasperware and basalt.