Yellowware 101 or What you need to know when starting a yellowware collection. Recently a self-described “novice yellowware collector” emailed An American Antique Adventure through their online TIAS antique shop asking: “How do I know what to look for when collecting Yellowware
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Collecting rule-#-one is education. Head to a major book store, grab a cup of coffee & head for the price guides. Guides are generally reliable, easy-to-read books with photos that assist with age determination. Reproductions are everywhere! Buy from reputable dealers.
Yellowware is defined by color, regardless of intensity. Originally imported from England, potteries were in full swing by 1870 in Vermont, NY, NJ, Pennsylvania, Maryland & Ohio.
Yellowware was thrown on potter’s wheels, handles generally applied, then decorated.Utilitarian pieces included bowls, mugs, pitchers & bedpans!
There's more to learn about yellowware potteries and decorations. Topics to be covered in part two include embossing, banding and glazes.
Exotic “end-of-day pieces” created by potters allowed to use use left-over clay “at the end of the day” were made for personal use or gifts. Exotics include animal figures, banks, even window-props.
After some research head out!.Examine yellowware closely for chips & hairlines. Crazing (cracking in the glaze) occurs from exposure to hot/cold temperatures. Moderate crazing is expected.
Always choose the best piece you can afford. Pursue quality NOT quantity! Their advice? “Move away from the damaged item!” Resist urges to purchase chips & hairlines no matter price!
Stay tuned for part 2. Contact “An American Antique Adventure” for your Yellowware searches at http://TIAS.com/stores/mopedd.