|Mudlarking Find: Werra Slipware 1550-1650|
|Werra Slipware with Rabbit 1607 (Dr Fischer)|
Red bodied earthenware was decorated with a distinctive pale greenish yellowy slip - a thin clay mixture. The decoration tends to follow a standard format divided into zones.
Dashes and lines were quickly struck around the rim of the plate. The potter then expertly looped thin bands of slip spiraling inwards. A wide band of swirls and squiggles forms a boarder followed by another set of bands which frame a central motif. Rather random bright green splashes of copper oxide provide highlights in the centre and surrounding areas.
|Werra Slipware Plate with Pig/Boar 1615 (Museum Rotterdam)|
Animals or figures usually filled the centre. I love these confident, naive, bold, quirky pictures. I can't help think of our wonderful Grayson Perry (whose current Reith lectures on art are not be missed, link here.) when I look at these masterly drawings on pottery.
|Werra Angel 1613 (Museum Rotterdam)|
|Detail of Werra Slipware Horse (Museum Rotterdam)|
|Werra Slipware Nobel Man on Horse back 1621 (Museum Rotterdam)|
|Werra Ware with Dove 1585-1625 (Museum Rotterdam)|
|Mudlarking Find: An angel? wing Werra Slipware 1550-1650.|
|Werra Ware 1615|
|Mudlarking finds: Werra Ware 1550-1650|
|Werra Slipware with Adam and Eve 1595 (Dr Fischer)|
|Mudlarking Finds: Werra Slipware 1550-1650|
|Mudlarking Find - Werra? slipware|
And finally a couple of Grayson Perry pots