Read & Clementson


Location and period of operation:

Read & Clementson




Earthenware manufacturer at the Phoenix Works, Shelton, (Hanley) Stoke-on-Trent

  • 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 December 1839 and Joseph Clementson continued on his own account as J Clementson 

"The premises are second rate, with small unventilated rooms, hot, close, and uncomfortable to work in. They are well drained, but badly provided for conveniences for the sexes, being close together, and much exposed."
See Scriven report into the Potteries


Concurrently: Read, Clementson & Anderson

Subsequently: Joseph Clementson

William White
Trade Directory 1834

Read & Clementson, High Street, Hanley, Shelton 

The Spectator
6 December 1839

Notice of the dissolution of the partnership between Read & Clementson

purple transferware Willow pattern platter
R & C 



Marks & Initials used on ware for identification:

R & C

R & C
Stone Ware

Japan Beauty is the pattern name 

R & C


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on the Phoenix Works 

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