Ceramicists


1882 Ltd. is a design-led ceramics brand, formed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Johnson Brothers family and based in Stoke on Trent, England. Their exciting collaborations with exceptional contemporary ceramic artists have produced pieces that are not only to be used and loved but also housed in the permanent collections at the Louvre in Paris and the V&A in London.

The Johnson Brothers formed their partnership in 1882 in one of the towns that grew to become Stoke on Trent. They became exceedingly successful in ceramics production. In 1968 Johnson Brothers became part of the Wedgwood Group. At the time eight members of the family were working for­­ the group but, when Chris Johnson retired in 2002, he was the last Johnson to be connected. In 2011, Chris’ daughter, Emily, founded 1882 Ltd. with her father. The company continues the Johnson legacy, its name evoking the deep roots of the family heritage.

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Emily Johnson has an incredible passion and drive to use and nurture the centuries of industrial heritage craft skills and artisnal knowledge that reside at the heart of the British ceramics industry, in Stoke on Trent. To help keep these heritage skills alive and relevant in the twenty-first century, 1882 collaborates with exceptionally talented contemporary ceramic artists. By pushing the boundaries of the ceramic material to realize new interpretations of a very traditional material and craft, 1882 brings innovative ceramics to a wider audience while supporting a valuable UK resource.

Wright & Smith are delighted to be able to show you the product of 1882 Ltd’s collaborations with some exceptionally talented designers:

Max Lamb is known for creating beautifully crafted pieces that have materials and traditional processes at their core. ‘Crockery’, a collection of fine bone china tableware cast from moulds carved by Lamb, is testament to his maxim to use materials honestly and processes transparently, to give both their own voice rather than impose his aesthetic.  It has been included in the permanent collection of Arts de Decoratif at the Louvre in Paris.

Maria Jeglinska works on a wide range of commissions: industrial design projects, exhibition design, as well as research-based projects in the field of design. Her work is regularly exhibited internationally and was shown amongst others at: the Villa Noailles, Barbican Art Gallery, Centre Pompidou Metz and the Triennale di Milano. ‘Nightingale’ is a set built on contrasts of techniques and surfacing: a precise hand drawn décor vs abstract surfaces that form chance patterns.

Amy J Hughes specializes in hand built ceramics and illustration. In 2015, Amy was chosen as the first Ceramics and Industry Artist in Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum, working in collaboration with 1882 Ltd to produce ‘Tryst’. Aiming to restore the humble vase to its former status as the Ultimate Accessory, the collection elevates the functional object to a design motif and a symbol of the ancient world. Tryst is part of the permanent collection at the V&A.  2016, has seen Amy nominated for the fourth prestigious Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize.

“There is incredible human skill in everything we do and we focus on the process as well as the design…. We are prepared to test the bounds of the material.  We make what we love.”