As the eighteenth century dawned on Europe, the pottery makers of Staffordshire, a county in west-central England, began to discover new glazes that made their products more attractive and durable than ever before. Blessed with a natural abundance of clay for molds and coal to fuel the kilns, Staffordshire’s pottery business quickly gained international renown. By the mid 1700’s Staffordshire ware had begun to reach American shores, and over the next century, the new republic became a major market for English pottery – from fine bone china to transfer-printed creamware and cheap clay pots.
Archaeological excavations at Monticello, have unearthed a number of Staffordshire pieces that date to Thomas Jefferson’s lifetime. Shards of plates, cups, and saucers made of creamware, the dominant English ceramic on the market by the 1760’s, were excavated from the Dry Well, and Mulberry Row, Monticello’s center of light industry. Also unearthed from the Dry Well was a drinking tankard of white salt-glazed stoneware, a tableware common in American between 1740 and 1770.
Use our Staffordshire coaster to hold rings, guest soap, or as a decorative accent. 4 ½” diameter. Made exclusively for Monticello.