On the Fringes of the Prairie, 1800-1850
Objects Redware bowl, 1790-1850
Redware bowl, 1790-1850

Redware was the first pottery made in the American colonies. It was made from red clay found in most areas. Soft clay was pressed over a mold, which formed its shape. The notched rim was cut with a hand-held, wooden or metal coggle, a wheel designed for making decorative impressions. The inside of these wares were often decorated with a liquid white clay that was poured to form patterns, names, or sayings. To create a watertight surface, the interior was coated with a clear, lead glaze and fired.

Probably made in Pennsylvania, PA
Molded red earthenware
Gift of Geoffrey C. Blank, Springfield, IL (701985)

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