Father of the industrialization and manufacturing of pottery, he founded the Wedgwood company and is well remembered for his fight against slavery.
He was afflicted with Smallpox as a child limiting his strength in his leg and ultimately leaving him unable to work the foot pedal of a potter's wheel.
He was able to mass produce an anti-slavery medallion featuring the words "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" underneath the seal for the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade.
John Flaxman worked as a modeller under him.