Department of Anthropology

Staffordshire Slipware

  • Type: Coarse earthenware
  • Date range: c.1670-1795
  • Place of origin: England

The majority of the Staffordshire slipwares had pale pink to buff bodies. One common decoration was combed lines in iron oxide or manganese over a white slip, giving a pale yellow appearance under the clear glaze. The reverse decoration was also found, with dark slips (black or dark-brown) and trailing pipeclay designs before glazing. In addition, the rims and necks were often decorated with light or dark spots, which led to their nickname of "dot" wares. Staffordshire slipware was also decorated by swirling various slips on the interior of the vessel.

The ware was used mostly for plates, bowls, mugs, pitchers, posset cups, chamberpots and candlesticks.

See Noel Hume 1976: 134-135


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  • Left: "Dot" ware sherd, Staffordshire ware
  • Right: Trailing pipeclay design, Staffordshire ware