(b 1731; d 1765). English potter. He was the son of a Liverpool shipwright and in 1752 he established a pottery factory which made blue-and-white earthenware, principally for export to the American colonies. In 1755 he discovered and secured the rights to a vein of soapstone (or soaprock) at Mullion in Cornwall, and thereafter his wares rivalled those of Wedgwood After his premature death in December 1765, his company was taken over by his partner, Philip Christian, who ran the pottery till 1776.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.