There is a long American tradition of hand forming surface clay into useful vessels and items. The basic technique used to create redware pieces has remained unchanged for centuries. Native clay was easily found around streams and riverbeds all along the East Coast. First the clay is dug by hand and then it is allowed to weather for a period of a few hours to an entire winter. After a cleaning of impurities, the clay is kneaded by hand to remove air pockets. Shaping then occurred either by hand, with a mold or thrown on a wheel. Once shaped and decorated, the piece was dried in the sun before a firing between 1600-1800 degrees. The finished forms were then widely available to use in households nationwide.
Yellow Garage dealer Bob Lutz Antiques presents a lovely two tone brown glazed redware jar. Having been crafted on a wheel adds to the beauty and uniqueness of the jar since the process creates a hand made variation every time. This jar was obviously made by a talented artisan. They created a flared jar lip with incised banding to offset the two tones of rich brown glaze. The pictures present an accurate description and clearly show the age and use induced minor surface loss and roughness around the rim of the jar. The lid is missing. This redware jar dates from the later half of the 19th Century and measures 6 1\4” high with a 3 3\4” diameter top opening and a 4 1\4” diameter base. Over the years, redware pottery has remained a highly sought after form of utilitarian pottery. This hand made jar represents a charming example of how art and practicality meet in the creation of redware.
Wheel Thrown Two Tone Brown Glazed Redware Jar