Spode is now part of the Portmeirion Group
50 High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1HU, England
Tel:- +44 (0) 1305 267110
Portmeirion are now making a lot of their Spode items at their factory in Stoke on Trent, England. Some Spode items are still being outsourced and being made in the Far East. If you want to know if any Spode item is made in the UK please email us giving the details of the item and we will confirm if it is UK made or outsourced.
The Foundation of Spode
Josiah Spode is known to have worked for Thomas Whieldon from the age of 16 until he was 21. He then worked in a number of partnerships until he went into business for himself, renting a small potworks in the town of Stoke-on-Trent in 1767; in 1776 he completed the purchase of what became the Spode factory until 2008. His early products comprised earthenwares such as creamware (a fine cream-coloured earthenware) and pearlware (a fine earthenware with a bluish glaze) as well as a range of stonewares including black basalt, caneware, and jasper which had been popularised by Josiah Wedgwood. The history and products of the Spode factory have inspired generations of historians and collectors.