Through investment from family, Wedgewood was able to transform his process from craft to true factory production, vastly increasing the availability and decreasing the cost of pottery for the growing working class of Manchester, England. As a supporter of industrialization, Wedgewood was an investor in canals in England. In addition to his characteristic glazes, Wedgewood also developed new techniques in marketing and in the science of pottery. He developed one of the earliest pyrometers as a way of monitoring temperature in his kilns. He was also a member of the Lunar Society in Birmingham and a strong advocate for the abolition of slavery (the famous abolitionist image above was originally designed in his pottery works and was used by Wedgewood in cameo form to promote his ideas).
In addition to the aforementioned accomplishments, it should be noted as well that the fortune amassed by Wedgewood directly enabled the scientific pursuits of Charles Darwin, his grandson, by allowing him the leisure and wealth to pursue his indefatigable investigation of evolution.
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