Joshua Heath


Location and period of operation:

Joshua Heath




(See sources)

Earthenware and creamware manufacturer in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Heath was one of the earliest producers of blue-printed wares, many of which were based on Chinese designs.

  • In 1770 Joshua Heath joined with other manufacturers to agree the lowest selling price

  • In 1784 a Joshua Heath was one of the attendees at the second festival of the newly formed Hanley Corporation at the Swan Inn. 


sauce boat in the V&A collection and attributed to  Joshua Heath

Joshua Heath - Willow pattern plate
transfer printed in underglaze blue - typical of J Heath ware


early earthenware - large cheese dish - possibly by Joshua Heath
marked with the impressed initials IH


Marks used on ware for identification:


impressed mark IH
on the cheese dish shown above

impressed mark IH
on the willow pattern plate shown above

the impressed number 3 may
refer to the plate size




impressed marks of the initials I.H.
or the name HEATH


NOTE: there were other J Heaths (John or Joseph)
working in Stoke-on-Trent in the first half of
the 19th century

The traditional attribution of this mark to Joshua Heath has been questioned - the manufacturer is thought by some to be that of John Harrison of Stoke, a potter who is listed in Bailey’s Directories of 1781 and 1783 - the factory survived until the early 19th century.

See ‘Attribution of the ‘IH’ Mark’ by Roger Pomfret, Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin Summer 2008 Vol.IX No.3 pp 4-5,


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