New online exhibit features American Staffordshire pottery
November 10, 2011
The new online exhibition Patriotic America showcases a specific type of pottery popularized in the early nineteenth century.
Responding to the wave of patriotism surrounding the birth of the United States, British potters decorated ceramic objects with dark blue prints that celebrated American landmarks and themes. The resulting wares presented an illustrated guide to the young republic's great cities, buildings, and scenic views.
Staffordshire potter John Rogers produced at least thirty-two different forms with the popular view pictured here. Other potters in the area such as Stubbs, Stevenson, and Enoch Wood also produced a Boston State House pattern very similar to Rogers'.
Historic New England partnered with the Transferware Collectors Club and Winterthur Museum on this project. Explore the exhibition.