Gifts Today magazine

Wedgwood says goodbye to its global brand ambassador, Lord Wedgwood

Lord Wedgwood, Fourth Baron Wedgwood and direct descendent of Josiah Wedgwood I, the 18th century father of English pottery, passed away from cardiac failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on 29th January 2014 aged 59

Lord Wedgwood devoted his working life to the art and industry of English ceramic manufacturing and was an active global brand ambassador for the present Wedgwood business, helping to open new markets in India, China and Russia. He remained passionate about the ceramics business and was excited to see a 255 year legacy of great innovation and design adapt and thrive in the modern age.

Lord Wedgwood is survived by Lady Wedgwood, their daughter, The Hon. Alexandra Mary Kavanaugh Wedgwood and two sisters. He met his wife, formerly Mary Regina Quinn, while showcasing Wedgwood to the Marshall Field Company in Chicago where Mary managed the store’s public relations. The ‘old English lord’ she expected turned out to be a dashing 26 year old and so began a 34 year love affair.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, charitable donations be made to the Lord Wedgwood Charity (, a non-profit he founded following a heart attack in 2001 with the goal of placing automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) into high schools and communities.

In honour of the late Lord Wedgwood, Tableware International will be doing a tribute to him in our next issue - March/April 2014.

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