Creamware Teapot

Date: c. 1770
Dimensions: 5 3/8" x 8 3/4" x 3 1/4"
About this artifact

This teapot is made from a type of earthenware called creamware. Creamware was perfected and marketed sucessfully by the Englisj potter and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795). Wedgwood described the new product as "a species of earthenware for the table, quite new in appearance, covered with rich and brilliant glaze, bearing sudden alterations of heat and cold, manufactured with ease and expedition, and consequently cheap." Ordinary people of middling economic status eagerly purchased many items made of creamware because of these properties. Wedgewood was by no means the sole producer of creamware. It is estimated that more than 150 factories in England manufactured this type of pottery.

Courtesy Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA