The famous red Spode logo was introduced in its well-known design in 1970.
This was an important year for the Spode company as it marked the bicentenary of the founding of the company by Josiah Spode I. He had been working as a potter in various businesses from the mid 1750s. Something of an entrepreneur he had juggled mortgages and business partnerships for several years but by 1770 was well-established at Stoke with his own successful pottery company.
By the end of the 1700s Spode I, and his son Josiah Spode II, had brought the company to the forefront of the British ceramic industry by this time firmly based in Staffordshire. Perfecting the underglaze blue printed ware, for which the company was famous; and, later, inventing their beautiful pure white, translucent bone china, this father and son team established Spode as a brand which endures.
|Printed backstamp c1820|