American pottery design dating


28-Nov-2014 15:13

Thus, early potters needed only simple equipment to make redware articles for colonial kitchens.Redware was used primarily at the table, for its porosity rendered it less desirable for prolonged food storage.Early colonial potters dusted powdered lead onto the unfired clay.Pottery making was among the earliest of American crafts.Everything needed for the production of pottery was present in America -- clay, abundant wood for firing kilns, and capable craftsmen.American potters produced a variety of wares named after the color of the clay used, but by far the most common American pottery made in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was "redware," earthenware made from the red clay readily available along most of the Eastern seaboard.Red clay lay close to the surface and was easily dug; it could be worked with little difficulty and fired at a low temperature.Although most redware was produced strictly for utilitarian purposes, colonial potters would frequently put decorative designs on their products.

Slip is a clay diluted with water so that it can be applied with a brush.The numbers provide a lively contrast with the red clay as well as information as to the date of manufacture.



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