Ware of the Week

Factory Slip: Banded

Manufacture date: 1770s – early 20th century

Vessels: Bowls, pitchers, chamberpots

 

Banded bowls - Lowry Hannon site

Factory slip banded bowls from the Lowry-Hannon site, a domestic site in Toronto that dates between c. 1850-1875.

Banding, the application of bands of colored slip to a vessel, was a long-lived decorative technique in dipped earthenware. Bands of slip were added to the ceramics by trailing them with a slip bottle onto a vessel mounted horizontally on a turning lathe. These wares are sometimes referred to as “annular wares,” a collector’s term not found in contemporary documents.

Over time, color choices of the potters changed from brighter, earthy tones of the late 18th and early 19th centuries to duller colors like blues and greys. Grey, blue and black bands are colors more typical of dipped wares produced in the 1850s.

This decoration is found on creamware, pearlware, RWE, yellow ware, and occasionally ironstone.

 

References

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, 2002: http://www.jefpat.org/diagnostic/post-colonial%20ceramics/DiptWares/index-dippedwares.htm