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Antique Wedgwood Earthenware pottery is not fired to the point of vitrification and therefore requires glazing in order to become functional. These Wedgwood pieces consist of transparent, translucent, or opaque glazing depending on the requirements of the piece. The Wedgwood glazes were normally applied by dipping or spraying.

Wedgwood Antique Agate Ware produced useful wares that were made to imitate striated natural hardstones by press-molding or throwing dark clays layered with white pipe clay to create a marbled effect. Josiah Wedgwood had a general interest in science which led him to introduce a range of science oriented stoneware pieces using this technique.

Antique Cream-colored Wedgwood Earthenware is mostly known as "Queen's ware." Josiah Wedgwood targeted both the English and Continental aristocracy by deliberately pricing his cream-colored earthenware high in order to place it along fine porcelain. This marketing ploy was perfectly timed as "Queen's ware" was brought to the fore front at the same time people's taste was shifting away from porcelain and toward earthenware pottery.

Wedgwood began issuing fruit and vegetable molded ware in the 1760's such as cauliflowers, pineapples, and melons. Wedgwood's improved translucent green and yellow glazes proved ideal for the decoration of such pieces.

Plain creamware wall tiles were produced by Wedgwood in quantity for use in dairies, bathrooms, and summer houses, but few examples of these exist today. Soon after 1800 the production of tiles was discontinued, but was revived in the mid-1870's. At this time, tiles were made in sets and were generally printed and hand colored. 

Wedgwood earthenware such as Majolica Ware - the trade name "majolica" was given to art pottery made in the second half of the 19th century that was decorated with translucent colored glazes. Initially only a small proportion of Wedgwood's ornamental ware was decorated in the majolica manner, but by the early 1870's the Wedgwood Majolica outstripped production of all other ornamental wares. However, at the beginning of the 20th century, tastes changed and there was increased pressure by the government over concern of the lead content of glazes. Wedgwood's mat glazes, introduced in the 1930's include "moonstone" white, blue, gray, straw, green, and "ravenstone" black.

Antique Wedgwood Rockingham ware - this soft, treacly glaze, tinted publish-brown with manganese oxide, first decorated Wedgwood's creamware in 1865 and was generally left plain, or ornamented with acid-etched or wheel engraved designs.

Wedgwood Cane Ware of the 20th century was inspired by cane-colored stoneware. This Earthenware was marketed under various names such as "Harvest Moon" and "Honey-Buff" tableware introduced in the 1930's and reintroduced as "Cane" in the mid 1950's.






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