Thomas Allen (1831-1915)

Thomas Allen was one of the greatest ceramic artists of the 19th century and studied at Somerset House and South Kensington. On returning to Stoke-on-Trent, he was employed in the first instance by the Minton factory, and joined Wedgwood (when based at the old Etruria site) around late 1875 or early 1876. He had a considerable reputation as a figure painter, and an immense amount of knowledge concerning the tile industry. Under Allen's influence the output and range of studio and art wares grew greatly, and he was particularly renowned for his production of new tableware designs.


Thomas Allen, © Wedgwood Museum

Thomas Allen
© Wedgwood Museum