Thursday, February 4, 2010

Earthenware

It is interesting to see what little snippet of tea information I’ll learn each day from my Tea calendar.  Did you know that Josiah Wedgwood’s introduction of cream-colored earthenware was of great benefit to Britain’s tea drinkers.

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It was first produced in 1763 and with its superior texture, beauty and durability, it soon became an important domestic item.  At that time most British porcelain would crack on contact with hot water.  This new earthenware solved that problem and further enhanced the growing popularity of tea drinking.

The Wedgwood cup and saucer above is Queen’s Ware in the Edme pattern.  In 1765 Josiah sold cream colored earthenware to Queen Charlotte and called this pottery created for royalty – Queen’s Ware.  I’m so glad that, thanks to Josiah Wedgwood, I never have to worry when pouring hot tea into my pretty cups.

7 comments:

Susan said...

I did not know this fact !
Very interesting pottery history !

Angela McRae said...

Very enlightening post, and I just *love* your Edme cup and saucer. Such a classic and classy pattern!

North West London Girl said...

I have so much to learn about tea. Thank your for keeping me so well informed.

Rhondi said...

I have the same tea cup. That was the china we had growing up! It brings back many happy memories of tea with my sister and my mom.
Hugs, Rhondi

Marilyn said...

Thanks for educating us. I love earthenware teacups like the one in the picture.

Shelia said...

It's so wonderful to learn more about these endured chinas! I didn't know that, either. Oh, I love Pink Willow. I do have a few pieces, but not enough!! I guess I need to be on the lookout for more!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Southern Touch Catering said...

Nice post info. Love the cup and saucer, do you have the set?

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