The Spode family worked in pottery in Staffordshire as early as 1762. Three generations of the Spode family operated in Stoke-upon-Trent. In the late 18th century Josiah Spode produced what has been described as the single most significant development in the history of his industry – the perfection of the formula for fine bone china. When the Prince of Wales visited the factory in 1806, he was so impressed by what he saw that he asked Spode to produce the banqueting service for his coronation as George IV. It wasn’t long before Spode was a household name.

Today Spode is still at the forefront of English pottery manufacture. Their collections are traditional and modern, decorated by old and new techniques. The company has expanded its tableware to include earthenware, stoneware, bone and stone china and even kitchen textiles.