Matt spoke extensively in class last week about Josiah Wedgwood, and I can understand why. His material exploration and obsession with pushing the limits of clay of all types was inspired. I cannot believe he was able to achieve the range of colors and textures he did without glazing. Below is a little sketch of his famous Portland Vase, which was a duplicate (in Jasperware) of a Roman vase of the same design. It is floating in front of Wedgwood's groundbreaking factory, Etruria.
Fun fact: Wedgwood was also the grandfather of Charles Darwin.