H & R Daniel
Makers of the finest late Regency Porcelain
Ralph DANIEL 1722 - 1765 (The Brownhills Daniels of Burslem and Cobridge)
Born in 1722 to Thomas Daniel and Alice Daniel (Nee Gent).
Brother to Ann, Thomas and Sampson, Ralph Daniel became a manufacturer of salt glazed stoneware, and a leader in the art of enamelling.
It is recorded that aged 23, Mr Ralph DANIEL of Cobridge, who had been working in Cobridge then spent some time travelling in France, and while there visited a porcelain manufactory where they were employing the technique of using Plaster of Paris to make moulds from which identical items of porcelain could be rapidly produced. Not only did Ralph bring back the idea of using moulds, but somehow also obtained a mould for producing a large plate, which, when he showed it to some of his fellow potters in and around the Potteries, they all immediately realised its potential for producing ceramics more quickly, and also by using cheaper un-skilled labour that could easily be trained.
Ralph Daniel also made great strides in the development of enamelling, and around 1750 he invited (poached?) some of the most skilled enamellers from the London, Bristol and Liverpool to join him which then helped to establish North Staffordshire in becoming the major centre for pottery production.
Occasionally Ralph collaborated with his sister Ann (known locally as the 'Widow Warburton') and between them established a useful export trade to the Netherlands. In 1763, Ralph had a short lived partnership with his brothers Sampson and Thomas (See Articles of Agreement in Daniel Documentation), but died two years later.
Ralph Daniel, and his wife Sarah (Nee. Smith) had two surviving children, Alice and John, and it was his son John who was later to also become well known in the ceramics industry through his involvement with the New Hall company.