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jasper ware,

kind of WedgwoodWedgwood, Josiah,
1730–95, English potter, descendant of a family of Staffordshire potters and perhaps the greatest of all potters. At the age of nine he went to work at the plant owned by his brother Thomas in Burslem, and in 1751, with a partner, he started in business.
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 pottery in green, blue, lilac, and other colors, with characteristic Greek reliefs and designs.
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The strength of the exhibition is the portrait medallions in primarily black basalt or Jasper ware. The latter could incorporate a metallic oxide stain in a way which produced an even distribution of colour.
The blue and white jasper ware we buy today (a purchase which can cost several hundreds of pounds if you head for the top of the market) was only developed after four years of ceaseless trials at a time when technology - as far as ceramics was concerned - was in its infancy.
Designs for the marvellous bowls, teapots, jelly moulds, garnitures, for the chimney piece, and so on, were in white bas-relief and set upon green or blue jasper ware looked back to the classical period which in Wedgwood's day was revealing itself in Rome, as archaeologists uncovered the past.
The jasper ware items modelled by Flaxman, George Stubbs (the painter of horses) and others were made on a large scale and travelled quickly to European trade centres.
Jasper Ware has been produced by the Wedgwood company for over 230 years, so how do you date a piece?
After many experiments, Josiah Wedgwood perfected the Jasper Ware body in 1775.
"We still make Jasper ware, which was made in the 18th century.
However, during the 19th century Wedgwood lacked the energy provided by its founder Josiah I, and its wares became for the most part derivative, concentrating almost exclusively on production of its traditional basalt and jasper wares. By the early 20th century, the factory was nearly bankrupt.