Joseph Clementson  






 

Location and period of operation:

J Clementson

Shelton

1839

1864

 

Earthenware manufacturer at the Phoenix Works and (from 1856) also at the Bell Works, Hanley (Shelton), Stoke-on-Trent
  • Originally in partnership with Jonah Read at the Phoenix Works. 

  • The partnership with Read ended in 1839. JC continued on his own, enlarging the works in 1845 and also buying the Bell Works in 1856.

  • Joseph Clementson retired in 1867 and passed the business to his four sons and his son in law who continued the business as Clementson Bros. 

 

Previously: Read & Clementson 

Subsequently:  Clementson Brothers  

 


 

CLEMENTSON, Joseph (1794-1871), pottery manufacturer, Hanley. 

Joseph Clementson was born on 15 July 1794 at Carrigill, Cumberland. He came to the Potteries in 1811 and worked first as a collier, In 1820 he apprenticed himself to J. and W. Ridgway, and by 1832 was able to set up his own business at the Phoenix Works, Shelton, in partnership with Jonah Read. 

The partnership ended in 1839. JC continued on his own, enlarging the works in 1845 and also buying the Bell Works in 1856. Early on in his partnership with Reed JC had travelled to Canada, and this laid the foundation for a successful commercial career. He retired from business in 1867 in favour of his four sons and his son-in-law, Edward Baxter, minister at Bethesda chapel, Hanley, who had married his youngest daughter Lucy. 

JC served as chief bailiff of Hanley 1849-51, being unsuccessful in his promotion of the adoption by Hanley of the Public Health Act. He was an early advocate of amalgamation of the Potteries towns. 

He married Martha Phillips in 1816 and had eight children. He was a member of Bethesda New Connexion church. He died at Prospect House, Shelton, in 1871. His name is continued in Clementson's Mill car park, off Clough Street, Hanley. 
Francis Clementson, in 1834 a contractor of Joiners' Square, Hanley, and an elder brother of JC, is buried in Bethesda churchyard.

Sources: IGI Staffs; Jewitt; Staffs. Advertiser 26 August1871; Townley. People of the Potteries. 

 


Scriven's 1840 report on Child Labour
includes reports on this Potworks &
testimony from the workers


Article from 1893 Trade Journal



plate by Joseph Clementson in the Claremont pattern
this plate carries the registration mark for 30th June 1856

 



lidded tureen and stand in the Lucerne pattern 

 



Trio of cup, saucer & plate in the Tillenberg pattern


 

 
plate and platter from the Eastern Sketches series

 


Eastern Sketches
Stone Ware
Clementson

this plate also bears an impressed mark


Stone Ware
Clementson
Shelton

SHELTON is the area of the town of Hanley  where the factory was located 


Eastern Sketches
Stone Ware
Clementson

 

In 1857 the townships of Hanley and Shelton, forming a portion of the parish of Stoke-upon-Trent, were incorporated to constitute the municipal borough of Hanley.
So marks with the SHELTON name were prior to 1857 and those with HANLEY are after. 

 


 

Marks & initials used on ware for identification:

JC

J. Clementson



Ironstone
Claremont 
 J Clementson 

'Claremont' is the pattern name

the registration diamond give the date 30th June 1856 for the registration of the pattern


Ironstone
Sydenham
J Clementson

 'Sydenham' is the name of the body shape 

 




J Clementson
Stone
Ware
Hanley

 



Lucerne
J C
Granite Ware

'Lucerne' is the pattern name


 


Manufactured for
Davenport Bros
203 Greenwich St
N Y  

Manufactured for
Davenport Bros
203 Greenwich St
N Y  
The Davenport Brothers, of New York, USA, were importers of Joseph Clementson ware and began selling his wares around 1842 (Kowalsky 1999:150). 

Clementson had other importers including Evans and Hill in Concord, New Hampshire (Snyder 1997:45). 

 


 

Morfinex Ware

Little is documented about Morfenix Ware.

It was certainy produced by Joseph Clementson and incorporates the Phoenix mark which was used on other ware in conjunction with the Clementson name.   

In 1857 the townships of Hanley and Shelton were incorporated to constitute the municipal borough of Hanley.  Morfinex Ware has the town name HANLEY and so was produced post 1857.  

There appears to have been only two patterns: Jewel and Zenith. 

 

 


Dinner set in the Jewel Pattern

Morfenix Ware
Hanley 

 

 


Tureen in the Zenith Pattern 

In the collection of Wightwick Manor - a National Trust property


Morfenix Ware
Hanley 

 


 


click picture for more 
on the Bell Works 


click picture for more 
on the Phoenix Works 

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