Materials & Techniques

Jasperware

This is a fine kind of porcelain first developed by Josiah Wedgwood. White in its natural state, it is stained with metallic oxide coloring agents to achieve shades of pale blue, dark blue, lilac, sage green, black, and yellow, though blue and white ware is most common. Used for cameos, vases, plaques, tableware, furniture mounts, and portrait medallions. The earliest formed was stained integrally and was known as “solid,” later varieties had surface coloring and were known as “dip.” Decorations, in the Neoclassical style and usually white, were made in separate molds and applied to the body of the piece.

Excerpt from

Getty Vocabulary, AAT (jasperware (pottery by kiln): AAT: 300390925)

Web Resources

The Wedgwood Museum
Visit the Wedgwood Museum to learn more about Wedgwood ceramics

Dionysiac frieze, Villa of Mysteries
Learn more about an ancient Roman fresco in Pompeii