Copeland Spode

Josiah Spode apprenticed as a potter in the mid-1700s, and by 1754 he went to work for William Banks in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. He went on to start his own pottery business making cream-colored earthenware and whiteware with blueprints. In 1770, he took over as the master of Banks’ factory and ended up purchasing the business in 1776, according to Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles (Krause Publications) edited by Noah Fleisher.
By the early 1830s, Copeland acquired the Spode operations in London and took over the Stoke plants in subsequent years. Until he died in 1868, Copeland managed the business and then passed it on to his heirs. The factory was modernized in 1923, which included the addition of electric power.
In 1976, Spode merged with Worcester Royal Porcelain to become Royal Worcester Spode, Ltd.


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