Shelley china is undoubtedly the best representative of the Staffordshire England potteries, perhaps the epitome of all bone china. The Shelley Potteries produced china and pottery of great beauty and diversity. Their bone china is very thin and surprisingly strong. The china is thin enough to be translucent, similar to Irish Belleek china. Shelley's bone china achieved these qualities because their bone china formula had the highest percentage of ground bone of any china manufacturer.
The pottery from this company is easily some of the best art pottery ever created. It began late in the 19th century under Shelley's first trade name, which was Wileman. There are dozens of styles of strikingly beautiful Shelley pottery from their creative art directors and artisans. We can only show a few here.
Shelley products can be identified by their quality, shapes, patterns, and trademarks.