New Book Heralds “Definitive” Wedgwood Story

Rizzoli book features rarely seen photos, drawings and watercolors from the archives
September 13, 2017Allison Zisko

"Wedgwood: A Story of Creation & Innovation"The new Wedgwood book is due out next month© Wedgwood: A Story of Creation and Innovation by Gaye BlakeRoberts, Rizzoli New York, 2017
NEW YORK—Wedgwood’s founding 258 years ago and its pioneering vision and display of craftsmanship over the past two and a half centuries will be heralded in a new book about the brand due out next month.

“Wedgwood: A Story of Creation & Innovation” from Rizzoli International Publications is being billed as “the definitive book on Wedgwood” and is designed to appeal to a wider audience beyond the serious collector.

The book, written by design historian Gaye Blake-Roberts, curator of the Museum of Wedgwood in Stoke-on-Trent, England, features rarely seen photographs, drawings and watercolors culled from Wedgwood’s archive and offers a lavish look at some of the most timeless china creations in history with a focus on Wedgwood’s “100 icons,” in-depth essays on the brand and its history, and pattern books and sketches from the Wedgwood archives. The book includes a forward by Alice Rawsthorn, OBE, a British design critic who writes for the international edition of the New York Times, and an interview with Mariusz Skronski, creative and strategic director at Fiskars Living Brands, Wedgwood’s parent.

“Wedgwood: A Story of Creation & Innovation” launches Oct. 3, and goes on sale and rolls out to retailers Oct. 10. Wedgwood will promote the book in a big way at the Tabletop Show next month with a lifestyle display in its showroom and as a centerpiece of its cocktail party on the Tuesday night of market, Michelle Richards, Wedgwood’s director of public relations and special events, said. Wedgwood will host global events in key markets to launch the book and is planning events with Rizzoli, including possible window displays in the Rizzoli store near Forty One Madison.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.

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