Redware was the first pottery made by European colonists after settling on the East Coast. The reddish-brown utilitarian pottery made from local clay was formed into jugs, bottles, pie dishes, and shallow pans for cooling milk. Norwalk excelled at this genre, and was one of New England’s busiest pottery towns. During the Redware pottery workshop for kids, Museum Educator Lola Chen will talking to the kids about the history of this local ware, and will show them examples in the Society’s Fitch House. They will have a chance to make a small “redware” bowl and learn about the process. A snack of turkey meatball tagine is included, which the children will help prepare.
Suggested for ages 6 – 12. Wilton Historical Society members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-762-7257
Did You Know?
Redware’s slip-trailed decoration included geometric forms and language. An elaborate Spencerian script was used to scribe words and phrases like “Apple Pie”, “Clams and Oysters” or even “Cheap Ware” and “Money Wanted” on the otherwise plain surface. Some were commemorative, like “Mary’s Dish” or “Lafayette.” Henry Chichester of the A.E. Smith and Sons Pottery in Norwalk was a 19th-century master calligrapher, and was responsible for many of the most distinctive decorations.