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Glossary of Stoneware Terms

Kiln Burn  A darkened area on a piece of stoneware that occured during the firing process when the piece of stoneware was located too close to the fire source.

Salt Drip  The greenish drip marks that are sometimes found on stoneware if too much salt collected at the top of the kiln and subsequently dripped onto the pieces during firing.

Stack Mark  Because of the expense associated with firing stoneware, the potters would pack the kilns with as much stoneware as possible, stacking pieces side by side and on top of each other, separating each piece with clay spacers.  The spacers prevented the salt from reaching the stoneware during the firing process, and resulted in unglazed areas on the stoneware.

Stone Ping  The common term for the blemish that appeared on the surface of the stoneware when the clay wasn't thoroughly cleaned before using, leaving behind small stones that exploded during the firing.
 
Water Glass  A preservative used for storing fresh eggs that interacted with the eggshell and caused a chemical reaction that bonded with the glaze, creating white stains on the surface of the stoneware.
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An early 19th century two gallon stoneware jar with a beautiful form, marked BOSTON.  It's in very good condition, with minor chips, some stone pings that occurred in the firing and a long hairline on front.

MRA-06177$675
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A large stoneware jar marked Bennington Factory with a simple cobalt flower, measuring 12 1/2" high.  This is the earliest mark from Bennington, VT's famous Norton pottery and dates to before 1823.

MRA-06319$1,950
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A 2 gallon stoneware jug marked Boston with light ocher dip at the top and bottom.  It dates to the early 19th C. and is in very good condition with a stone ping at the rim.

MRA-06343$525
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An extremely rare three gallon stoneware barrel cooler with a robin-like bird, marked E. Norton & Co., Bennington, VT.  This is the same cooler that's pictured on p. 40 of The Birds of Bennington by Leder and Cesana, which rates it as possibly unique.  It dates to the 1880s and has a chip on the rim.

MRA-06585  $3,500
A White's Utica pitcher with the Spirit of '76 on one side and the profile of General von Steuben on the other, measuring 8 1/2" high.  It was made to commemorate the Nation's 1876 Centennial.  There is a long hairline by the spout and a minor one on the base.

MRA-06429$65
A one gallon stoneware jug with a cobalt bird decoration, probably made at one of the potteries in Fort Edward, NY.  It dates to the 1850s or 1860s.

MRA-06444$425
A very detailed pitcher made at the White's stoneware pottery of Utica, NY, measuring 9 3/4" high.  It's identified as A House Warming in David Graci's book on White's molded pieces.

MRA-06530$275