Background of Tortoiseshell Decoration on Creamware
Tortoiseshell ware is created by dusting or sponging with metallic oxides before glazing the buff-colored creamware body. During the firing, the colors flow to produce the tortoiseshell effect. Thomas Whieldon first mentioned tortoiseshell wares in his Account and Memorandum Book of 1749. In his Experiment Book, Josiah Wedgwood states that in 1759 tortoiseshell ware was the second most important ware when he worked as an apprentice at the Whieldon factory.
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