John William Wadsworth (Biographical details)

John William Wadsworth (designer; British; Male; 1879 - 1955)

Also known as

Wadsworth, John William


Pottery designer. Born in Macclesfield and studied at Stockport Schools of Art, gaining scholarship in 1898 to Royal College of Art, where he was influenced by Crane and Lethaby. Appointed Assistant Art Director to L.V. Solon at Mintons in 1901, becoming Art Director in 1905. Joint designer with Léon Solon of Secessionist ware from 1901-2. Moved to the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company as Art Director in 1915. Returned to Mintons from 1935-55.


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Phillips London, 8 April 1992,'The Ceramic Art and Paintings of John and PhilipWadsworth'.
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S. Wilson, 'Mintons Secessionist ware: A Triumph of English Art Nouveau', 'Antique Collecting', December 2004 / January 2005, pp. 18-23.