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)
© Illinois State Museum 31-Dec-96