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Salt-glazed Stoneware

Salt-glaze for sale:

Salt-glazing is a technique whereby damp salt is added to the kiln during firing (through the firebox or vents) at a point above 1200 degrees C. The sodium in the salt volatizes in the kiln atmosphere and chemically bonds with silica in the clay of the pots. This forms a thin layer of extremely hard sodium-alumina-silicate glass-like glaze, often characterized by an orange-peel like dimpled surface. Salt-glazed stoneware contains several sub-categories, including brown stoneware, white stoneware, German stoneware (Westerwald etc.), as well as Scratch Blue, Littler’s Blue and so called ‘Sewer-pipe ware’ (also known as Sewer-tile ware in the US).

British salt-glazed stonewares were made by John Dwight (and others) in the late C17th, and later in major potting centres such as Nottingham, Bristol, Derbyshire and London. Staffordshire was also a major producer in the first half of the C18th, especially of white salt-glazed wares. In the C19th stonewares were also made in quantity in Scotland.

Salt-glazed stoneware reform flasks and Bacchus jug, Brampton - Paul Bohanna Antiques

A grey / brown salt-glazed stoneware German stein with figures C19th - AP/992 - obverse - Paul Bohanna Antiques

Salt-glazed stoneware scratch-blue jug with George III GR medallion - obverse - AP/1047

Westerwald Salt-Glaze Stoneware tankard - obverse - AP/1077 - Paul Bohanna Antiques

Westerwald Salt-Glaze Stoneware drinking jug with sprigged ‘GR’ medallion - AP/851 - Paul Bohanna Antiques

German stoneware stein c.1865-1880

GR Scratch Blue jug c.1760-1790

Westerwald German stein c.1740-1760

Westerwald GR jug c.1730-1750

AP/1245 - A Staffordshire White Salt-Glaze Stoneware moulded teapot with shells and acorns - obverse - Paul Bohanna Antiques

AP/1243 - White saltglazed stoneware lozenge moulded teapot - obverse - Paul Bohanna Antiques

White salt-glaze teapot c.1745-1755

White salt-glaze teapot c.1740-1750