|Molded Stoneware, Basalt & Parian|
Molded Stoneware, Basalt, and Parian
Seeking always to expand the variety of their offerings to the buying public, potters of the industrial revolution era explored sculptural relief decoration for their wares as an alternative to flat printed or enameled imagery. Relief ornament ranged from the simplest of Rococo scroll accents to elaborate figural compositions.
Relief decoration could either be molded directly into the body or produced independently in molds creating delicate "sprigging" that was carefully applied to the unfired-surface. Enamels were sometimes added to enhance the design. Products might be unglazed ("dry-bodied"), employ an applied glaze, or receive a hard finish by the application of salt to the kiln during firing ("salt-glazed").
Three general types of relief ware are featured in this section.
To avoid unnecessary duplication, Wedgwood's extensive range of molded wares is featured in the Wedgwood section.