Dwight, John

Dwight, John,

fl. 1671–98, English potter, reputed founder of the Chelsea porcelain factory. The registration in 1671 of his patent for the "Mistery of transparent earthenware …" is the first certain recorded event of his life. He is considered to have laid the foundation of the pottery industry in England and to have set a standard not excelled elsewhere. There are examples of his work at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum.
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Survivors include a son, Brian; a daughter, Leanne; two sisters, Janice Davidson and Violet Smith; four brothers, Larry, Dwight, John and Dale Ward; and two grandchildren.
Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, John changed his name in 1967.