Grigsby, Leslie B. (Leslie Brown) / The Longridge collection of English slipware and delftware. Volume 1: slipware
Slipware introduction, pp. 38-
SLIPWARE INTRODUCTION he Longridge collection provides an excellent opportunity to focus on post-medieval wares made in some of the most important slipware-producing regions in Britain. Wrotham in Kent is unusually well represented, as are the Potteries region in Staffordshire and, to a much greater extent than is common in private collections, North Devon and Somerset in the Southwest of England. An example of "Metropolitan" slipware made near London in Harlow, Essex, also is included, as is slipware from other English counties and Wales.' CLAY PREPARATION AND SHAPING Slipware in the context of the Longridge collection may be defined most simply as a type of earthenware typically made of locally dug clays and decorated with slip, a syrupy mixture of clay and water. Clays for slipware required relatively little preparation, compared to the process used to prepare the materials for more refined wares, including delft. (For a late seventeenth-century description of delftware clay preparations, see vol. 2, p. 24.) In 1686 Dr. Robert Plot described how Staffordshire potters refined the clays destined for slipware: I. For more on the broad range of slipware made throughout Britain, see Grigsby, Slipware; Barker, Slipware; Freestone and Gainmster, eds., Pottery in the Making. pp. 128 133; Grigsby, Chipstone, nos. 100-122; Grigsby, Weldon, pp. 31-33, nos. 67-78, 234; Grant, North Devon; Coleman-Smith and Pearson, Donyatt; Brears, Ilistorv. 38 The Longridge Co[lection I!
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