Browse Items (43 total)

  • Collection: Historic Bethabara Park Archaeology Collection

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This redware pipe sagger fragment is an example of kiln furniture used by Moravian potters. A sagger is a clay container used to hold ceramics while they are fired in a kiln. A sagger protects the pottery inside from open flames and debris. This…

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This reconstructed, delicate redware mug is decorated in a tortoise shell glaze. The red clay body was coated in white slip and fired. After firing, a mix of copper oxide, manganese, and clear glaze was applied to produce the polychromatic tortoise…

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This reconstructed, delicate redware beaker is decorated in a tortoise shell glaze. The red clay body was coated in white slip and fired. After firing, a mix of copper oxide, manganese, and clear glaze was applied to produce the polychromatic…

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This reconstructed, delicate redware bowl is decorated in a tortoise shell glaze. The red clay body was coated in white slip and fired. After firing, a mix of copper oxide, manganese, and clear glaze was applied to produce the polychromatic tortoise…

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This redware porringer is coated on the inside and out in white slip. The piece was thrown on a potter’s wheel. The rim is slightly flared, and two incised lines decorate the exterior and mark the upper handle attachment point. The body Because it…

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This redware lid is reconstructed from eight pieces recovered from the basement of the 1759 Gunsmith Shop/1786-1789 Christ Residence/1789 Krause Residence. It was thrown on a potter’s wheel, has an incised line around edge, with round knob/finial,…

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Redware stove tile of the pattern produced by Rudolph Christ. Stove tiles were manufactured in Bethabara as early as November, 1756, when ceramic stoves were installed in the Gemeinhaus and Single Brothers House. Ceramic Stoves were placed in most of…

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This large, thin-walled redware cup was thrown on a potter’s wheel. To achieve the brown exterior and yellow interior, white slip was applied to the cup’s interior while a manganese oxide glaze was applied to the exterior. A number of incised and…

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This thin-walled, white ware cup was thrown on a potter’s wheel. A number of incised lines were applied to the body. These lines served as both decoration, and as a guide for attaching the handle. Clear glaze on the interior produced the yellow…

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In 1771, William Ellis arrived in Bethabara and offered to teach Gottfried Aust how to make English-style “Queensware” and “Tortoise-shell” pottery in exchange for clothing and lodging. Ellis had been the superintendent of John Bartlam’s China…