Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Adams, William (fl.1790)

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ADAMS, WILLIAM (fl. 1790), potter, was a favourite pupil of Josiah Wedgwood. ‘While with him he executed some of his finest pieces in the jasper ware. He subsequently went into business on his own account, and produced much of this beautiful ware, modelled with great care.’ Leaving Wedgwood he settled at Tunstall, and started a business under the style of ‘William Adams & Co.’ An exquisite vase, said to be Wedgwood's last work, was made by him in conjunction with William Adams. Adams died between 1804 and 1807 (Chaffers, 672). By the excellence of his work he might claim a high place amongst English ceramists. He made, however, no fresh departure in the art, and produced little that was not imitative.

[Eliza Meteyard's Life of Wedgwood, ii. 515–16; Shaw's History of Staffordshire Potteries; Chaffers's Keramic Gallery, figs. 334, 335; Chaffers's Marks and Monograms on Pottery and Porcelain, p. 671.]

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