Plymouth porcelain

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The first English factory to make true or hard-paste porcelain was established at Plymouth in 1768 by William Cookworthy, a chemist, who discovered a source of kaolin in Cornwall. The factory produced useful wares painted in underglaze blue, enamelled ornamental wares, and some large, ungainly figures. Many pieces had flaws or were distorted during firing, so in 1772 the factory moved to Bristol, an important ceramics centre, where it was easier to find experienced workers and good technical advice.

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