Ware of the Week

Factory Slip: Cable

Manufacture date : 1811 – early 20th century

Vessels: Bowls, Pitchers, Chamberpots.

"Cable" motif bowl

Creamware bowl factory-slipped with a “cable” or “earthworm” motif from Toronto General Hospital site.

Cable ware, also known as “earthworm” by collectors, is a distinct factory slip motif. The decorative designs were produced using a multi-chambered slip cup, which would allow three or four different colour clay slips to flow onto the vessel. This category includes designs known as “cats-eyes” which occur from a single drop from a multi-chambered slip cup, with overlapped drops forming a pattern known as “cabling,”or “common cable”. Cable ware is essentially a series of cat eyes strung together.

References

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Diagnostic Artifacts of Maryland 2003: http://www.jefpat.org/diagnostic/post-colonial%20ceramics/diptwares/DiptWaresIntroduction.htm