Josiah Wedgwood overcame physical disability and exclusion from the family firm to create some of the world's most famous pottery - and a unique management style, says Rhymer Rigby.
To most people, Josiah Wedgwood was the man who invented those cute plates that grannies like for Christmas. But to describe him thus is to do him a disservice: posh crockery was merely the most visible sign of Josiah's genius. He was a pioneer of many modern manufacturing methods in the early industrial revolution. A brilliant innovator, he revolutionised pottery, marrying art and science on an industrial scale.