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All About Spode China

Brand: Spode Country HQ: England Year Founded: 1767 

Company Status: Active Founded By: Josiah Spode

Makers of: China, Pottery

Description: The Spode company shares its name with creator Josiah Spode. The company has been around for hundreds of years, founded in 1767 in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The early earthenware pieces were known for their quality, and only a few years later, the underglaze blue transfer printing technique was introduced. The name of the technique refers to the bold blue colors that were commonly used for how visible they were after the heating process involved in making the pieces and patterns. Josiah Spode also worked to develop a formula for making better and higher quality pieces. In 1813, Spode also introduced stone-china that went on the be the base of many patterns.

One of Spode's most famous patterns is Christmas Tree which is popular all around the world. As the name suggests, the pieces feature a Christmas tree and themed holiday decor. Many different variations of this pattern are available.

Currently, the Spode brand is owned by Portmeirion Pottery along with the Portmeirion and Royal Worcester brands.