Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Pennsylvania Redware Pottery
Redware pottery was brought to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania by the Germans. This little heart shaped plate is a reproduction piece that I am thrilled to own because of all the colorful herbs on it. Another example from our collection, this plate is a more historical reproduction reflecting some of the traditional artistry. In the 18th and 19th Century redware pottery was made all over the Eastern US, every region had its own look. Pennsylvania's pottery is considered the most famous, prolific and artistic.
The samples of redware pottery (below) are from the Landis Valley Museum. Forms were thrown, slabbed, coiled and hand built. They used simple solid color glazes to multicolored. The simple red slab with the yellow, wavy slip lines (shown on the middle shelf of the cupboard) is also a very classic Pennsylvania pottery form.