Spode Blue Italian crockery is a classic British icon in crockery. Spode’s story began in 1749 when 16-year-old Josiah Spode, as a bachelor, got a job as a potter at Thomas Whieldon.
In 1770 Josiah Spode had saved enough money to start a factory, and in 1778 he started the first SPODE store in London with his son. Spode perfected the then new blue-print technology on porcelain, selling its dishes to prosperous Britons.
Blue Italian tableware from Spode
The iconic Spode crockery, Blue Italian, was developed by son Josiah Spode II in 1816, following his father’s death. Spode celebrated Blue Italian’s 200th anniversary a few years ago.
Spode Blue Italian tableware is still being developed in the UK, just 500 meters from the original factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
Spode Blue Italian crockery is made of porcelain and is decorated with a traditional British design. The edge is painted with different plants and patterns.
At the centre of the plate there is a print from the Italian countryside, where you can see sheep herders and Italian nature combined with traditional architecture.
Parts in Spode tableware
In Blue Italian crockery from Spode you will find a wide selection of crockery parts. The Blue Italian series plates from Spode come in sizes from 16 cm up to 27 cm. Here you will find in addition to dinner plates, also dessert plate, pasta dish and deep plates.
In the Blue Italian range, you will also find different serving dishes and bowls. This includes serving tray, serving platter, gratin, sugar bowl, cream jug and bowls.
In the Spode tableware you will also find various cups and mugs, and of course a separate teapot.
Different editions of Blue Italian by Spode
Spode launched Blue Italian crockery back in 1816 and with this has a history of over 200 years. The Spode tableware has over the years been manufactured on various stoneware, and has at times also been produced in bone china.
This series from Spode was produced in black from 1954 to 1974. This one goes by the name “Black Italian”. The crockery is also available in other color versions.