The brothers George & Arthur Maw set up Maw and Co. in 1850 at Worcester. Two years later they moved to Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire. In 1882 they expanded, opening another plant, The Benthall Works, at Jackfield, Shropshire.
For their first forty years they mainly produced the tiles and tesserae for which they are best known. In the last decade of the nineteenth century they started making high quality art pottery. The help of well known artists such as Lewis Day and Walter Crane was enlisted for the design of both art pottery and tiles.
The company built up an international reputation and their work was exhibited at the most prestigious fairs including the Chicago World Fair of 1893. They were chosen for the execution of decorative work on the Maharaja's palace at Mysore.
Maw & Company continued production at the Benthall Works until 1967 when they ceased trading.
|British Ceramic Art: 1870-1940 by John A Bartlett|