Seeing blue with Lord Wedgwood

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In 2009, the legendary Wedgwood company celebrates its 250th anniversary. So we visited with Lord Wedgwood and he took us on a tour of some great moments in Wedgwood history. One of the great pieces he showed us is this black Pather vase, which is part of the new Distinguished House of Wedgwood Prestige Giftware Collection that has been created to honor great motifs from the firm's past. It's a beautiful way to honor the past iconic designs in new ways. "I'm so proud of what the craftsmen have achieved with this," he says.

Wedgwood has also unveiled a new pattern, Anthemion Blue, as part of its Prestige Dinnerware Collection. It's a wonderful, bold, cobalt blue design with gold accents--all created by Wedgwood master craftmen. "In recent years...the rules of dining are not so strident," he says. "There's more emphasis to be creative."

Wedgwood, of course, also created the banquet china for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. So I asked him if he had thought of what he might create if another royal coronation were to happen any time soon? "Oh my, you've just given me the idea to start thinking about it!" he says. —Michelle Preli

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