Old English Staffordshire pottery is antique earthenware from the Staffordshire region in central England. The Staffordshire ceramics that most collectors are familiar with today come from the 18th century when the bottle kilns of the region were used to craft fine dinnerware and fanciful figurines.Continue Reading
It's the geography of Staffordshire, and the thick layers of clay just below the surface of the ground, that has made it a center for slipware and other types of lead-glazed earthenware. The clay was so readily available that potters routinely dug clay directly out of the roads, thus giving us the origins of the phrase “pot hole.” Coal to fire the bottle kilns was also plentiful in the northern part of the district. Potter John Astbury is often credited with starting the popularity of Staffordhire pottery when he discovered that adding heated ground-flint powder to the local reddish clay could create a more palatable white- or cream-colored ware.
The railway distribution of pottery products from the 1840s was a boon for potters who wanted to sell their wares, and there was a considerable increase in business. Potteries active in the 19th century and are still active today include Aynsley, Burleigh, Doulton, Dudson, Minton, Moorcroft, Twyford and Wedgwood.Learn more about Antiques
Moorcroft pottery is a British art pottery that has been in production since 1897 and was started by William Moorcroft. William Moorcroft designed the initial range of high-Victorian pottery, which has enameled and transfer-printed decoration in bold red, blue and gold colors. Moorcroft pottery includes display plates, vases, pin dishes, lamp-bases and jars of varying shapes and sizes.Full Answer >
Blue willow English china, also called willow ware, describes pieces of ceramic pottery with blue-on-white Chinese-styled artwork that were produced in England in the 18th century. The main theme for the designs included willow trees, pagodas, two or three human figures, bridges, landscapes and birds.Full Answer >
The main differences between these two breeds are height and weight, with the Old English bulldog being taller in stature and heavier in weight. As puppies, these two breeds are difficult to distinguish, but as they grow the English bulldog remains smaller and has a pudgy, wrinkled face.Full Answer >
Learn Old English calligraphy, also sometimes referred to as English black letter, by studying old manuscripts or online tutorials, such as the one provided by Calligraphy-Skills.com. This alphabet features sharp corners and bold, thick lines and bold curves.Full Answer >