Basalt Ware - (Pottery Ceramics Stoneware) Glossary of Antique Terms B

Basalt Ware - (Pottery, Ceramics, Stoneware) Basalt Ware is fine, smooth black stoneware perfected by Wedgwood in 1768. It is very popular for decorative vases, figures, medallions, plaques. Wedgwood improved on the black stoneware made by Elers. Basalt was copied by several makers. Most Basalt pieces are made in Classical forms with molded classical scenes. Basalt is made using sifted ball clay to which manganese and other minerals are added and firing it at an extremely high temperature. All black stoneware of this type is now called Basalt Ware regardless of the manufacturer.


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