On Friday, I was at a delightful antique show in Cashiers, NC ! As usual, I was on the hunt and found several pieces of nice tortoiseshell ware. Tortoiseshell ware is an earthenware, with variegated, surface color that was made in Staffordshire, England in the 18th century. To create the distinctive mottling, potters sponged various metal oxides onto the clay body, which would create color during the firing.
This process let to the fact that no two pieces were the same. Most were produced by Thomas Wheildon, a well-noted potter and a contemporary of Jossiah Wedgwood. Often these pieces are called “Whieldon Ware”. Some majolica dealers carry tortoiseshell ware and I think it would mix beautifully with pieces of majolica! Both are lovely collections in a rustic design concept.
Perhaps you collect tortoiseshell ware. If you do , I would love to hear from you and learn your thoughts on a collection!