Wardle Art Pottery Co. Ltd


Location and period of operation:

Wardle Art Pottery Co. Ltd.





Earthenware, Parian, Majolica manufacturer at Wolf Street Works, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent, and then at the Cauldon Works, Shelton.

  • Formerly James Wardle - company was renamed to Wardle & Co in 1871 when James died and his wife Eliza took over the business.

  • The business continued at William Street (in the mid 1950's William Street was renamed to Yates Street) and then in 1882 they moved to Washington Works in nearby Victoria Road (now named College Road).

  • In 1885 a new range of art pottery was introduced. 

  • In 1899 Eliza's son-in-law, David Jones, took over management of the factory and introduced tube-lining and slip decoration.

  • David Jones (who managed the company and had introduced tube-lining and slip decoration) died in 1908, and in 1910 the company was taken over by J A Robinson & Sons Ltd. The name changed to Wardle Art Pottery. and the business moved to the Wolf Street Works in Stoke.   

  • Wardle Art Pottery was later amalgamated with Cauldon Potteries. Around 1924 the business moved to the Cauldon Works, in Shelton and finally ceased trading in 1935.  

  • Frederick Hurten Rhead (Instructor in Pottery and Designs in the Government Arts Schools in England), was Art Director of the Wardle Art Pottery


Formerly: Wardle & Co 



Marks used on ware for identification:

("ENGLAND" added from 1891) 

click below for examples of Wardle marks and ware: 


Questions/comments/contributions? email: Steve Birks