Blue Italian– a Great British design icon since 1816
Quintessentially English and synonymous with Great British design, Spode Blue Italian has been in production for over 200 years.
In 1816, in the midst of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, Josiah Spode perfected the production process of blue and white ware, known as blue under-glaze transfer printing – a major achievement that redefined the British pottery industry. Finely detailed in shades and textures of cobalt blue, Blue Italian’s floral chinoiserie border came to life, encompassing a beautiful Italianate scene.
Spode produced hundreds of blue and white designs but none have captured the hearts of the world in such a powerful way as Blue Italian .
Today, much of the Blue Italian range is crafted at Spode’s new home – Portmeirion Group’s factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England, just 500 metres from Josiah’s original Spode site, in the homeland of British ceramics.