Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Collection: Jasperware

I have a small collection of wedgwood Jasperware. You know the stuff I'm sure; everyone has a piece or two from their wedding!a sugarbowl and creamer; ignore the dust on the shelf!
Jasperware is a type of fine-grained, unglazed stoneware invented by Josiah Wedgwood (founder of Wedgwood potters) in 1772. It was named after the natural stone 'jasper' because of its hardness by Josiah after a lot of experimenting with different techniques of porcelain making. This quickly became what made Wedgwood famous and is still one of the products it is known for today.a small vase and another larger creamer
While most people seem to know the blue, it comes in a wide range of colors. The natural porcelain is white however and the color is added into the mixture during the manufacturing. Typically it has white applied porcelain mouldings of neoclassical scenes. I really like the deep blue color and that is primarily what I collect - something about the deep blue with white trim is just so pretty. I do however have this one pale blue vase, I couldn't resist it!
CARE: from waterfordwedgewood
We recommend that you should hand-wash your jasperware in moderately hot water with a mild detergent. For more stubborn stains, rub the Jasperware with a toothbrush or a small brush with polishing powder.Never use your Jasperware in a microwave oven, conventional oven or refrigerator. Sudden changes of temperature are likely to cause cracking or breakage.

17 comments:

pve design said...

lovely collection. I have a piece that is green.
would be green, right! you know how I love green.

Amica said...

I've always liked jasperware. :) I like how you have your collection thematically arranged, with the picture and lamps-- the effect is quite elegant.

ArchitectDesign said...

PVE, did you get it for your wedding? I knew you'd have green!

Amica, it was just a fast photo on my bookshelves, thank you though! I didn't even think of the fact that the lamp is wedgwood as well!

The Bean said...

I love your collection. My favorite Wedgewood color is the "crimson" which I learned is very rare when I asked a London antiques dealer if he had any, and he laughed in my face! At least he did it with his most polite english accent.

ArchitectDesign said...

Bean, I love that story! I haven't seen hardly any crimson myself -there are tons of this cobalt blue to be had! I think lilac and crimson are the rarest, right?

Pigtown-Design said...

The bro-in-law has a collection of black basalt jasper with orange figures. i think it's called egyptian ware.

tartanscot said...

Oooooooo . . . what lovely collection! Which piece was your most recent 'find?'

ArchitectDesign said...

PD, I've seen photos of that black/orange -but never in person. It's so unusual -perfect for halloween!
Tartan, I'm always looking for it on the cheap, lol, especially the cobalt blue. The most recent one was the small 'vase' with the flowers in it. I plan on putting some cardboard inside and using it to hold pens & pencils.

Kwana said...

Love your collection. I'm pouting because I didn't get any for may wedding.

ArchitectDesign said...

Kwana, thats what ebay is for! Buy other people's wedding gifts, LOL

The Bean said...

Yes, I think the crimson and violet are rare, as well as the colors that are paired with something other than white. I was lucky to pick up a yellow and black Wedgewood cameo, which I think is a fairly rare combo. It's my most prized possession! The dealer gave me a very thorough history of jasperware too.

Beaux Mondes Designs said...

You know, I never took an interest in Jasperware but now that you've shared a brief history about it along with how you displayed your collection, I'm inspired to take another look at this stoneware. Do you know if they come without the coloring like white?

ArchitectDesign said...

BMD, I have never seen white field color, but I'm sure it exists - every color under the rainbow has been covered! I have seen a very light cream color that was subtle.

Janet said...

I am quite jealous. I don't have any Jasper Ware, but I do have my grandmother's set of Wedgwood Edme (which she got as her wedding china). I love it!

thomas said...

i love tasteful collections.

Hoechstetter Interiors said...

I love Wedgewood in general, and Jasperware in particular! It's great to see that others are still collecting it. Alas, my own collection is living in storage at present, including the exquisite tea set [sigh].

Wendy

toni said...

I have a bit of a large collection of jasperware and i love every bit of it. I've been collecting only for about 2 years and i have about 140 bits. My fav is my black on black basalt bowl my partner brought for me. I'm now looking for different ones because i have a hell of alot of blues a couple of pinks loads of greens and about 9 black. I also have a sugar bowl like yours lol.