Royal Worcester was established in 1751 and is believed to be the oldest or second oldest remaining English porcelain brand still in existence today (this is disputed by Royal Crown Derby, which claims 1750 as its year of establishment). Part of the Portmeirion Group since 2009, Royal Worcester remains in the luxury tableware and giftware market, although production in Worcester itself has ended.
Technically, the Worcester Royal Porcelain Co. Ltd. (known as Royal Worcester) was formed in 1862, and wares produced before that time are known as Worcester porcelain, although the company had a royal warrant from 1788. The enterprise has followed the pattern of other leading English porcelain brands, with increasing success during the 18th and 19th centuries, then a gradual decline during the 20th century, especially the latter half.
In the 20th century, Royal Worcester’s most popular pattern has been “Evesham Gold”, first offered in 1961, depicting the autumnal fruits of the Vale of Evesham with fine gold banding on an “oven to table” body.
Kenneth Potts MRBS, BA
Kenneth Potts was born in 1949 in Macclesfield, and elected to the Royal Society of British Sculptor in 1985.
A 1970s works modeller for Royal Worcester, his early work consisted of a series of small animals and a series of dogs in bone china.
He has since become a famous sculptor in his own right with an astonishing amount of commissions, bronze portraits of such heroes as Douglas Bader, Wellington, Napoleon, Johnny Johnson etc. In his ability to give a feeling of movement as well as peace, he has been asked to exhibit at the RA, The Sladmore Gallery, Tokyo, New York etc etc.