porcelain genius who never made his fortune http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Billingsley_(artist)
'for 20 years William Billingsley had devoted a large proportion of his time , energy and enthusiasm to the perfecting of a perfect porcelain body which would equal in fine quality and translucency the famous soft porcelain of Sevres.'...
artistic skill and taste , his white hot enthusiasm for his creative trade, his love of beauty, of perfection for itself, his power of absorption of all that was most perfect and beautiful around him , set him a plane apart .....Frank Hurlbutt old Derby porcelain
'Debt seems to have dogged his footsteps but it was for no evil purpose . His ideals were too high.. As his patient wife said of him ' he was never satisfied with what he did,he wanted to do something better ' The nantgarw works
Of Nantgarw works ..
Being in Wales it had to struggle with its own incapacity to meet the commercial but inartistic wants of the British people generally. It therefore sank, overpowered by the very weight of its own perfections
Billingsley was known as the rose painter