Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Redware And Pineapples

Hello my friends.
I cannot believe it is Christmas Eve.
Mom and I made a total
of 15 dozen Pierogi's.
Some will be eaten for our dinner tonight,
while others will be given to family
as a gift from my mom and I.

Today will be my last post for
the Christmas season.
Hoped you all enjoyed 
the colonial tour.

Remember my colonial desk.
Today I show you the rest
of my un-traditional look
 of our back room this year.
Orange and yellows. 

Today's final story is
about redware and pineapples.

First off the pineapple.

Most of this fruit
would be rotten
by the time it reached the colonies.

Only the fastest boats
in fair weather were able
to provide this precious cargo
to the colonists.

Because of this,
pineapple was only affordable
to the wealthy colonists.
A hostess who was able to set
out a pineapple in the middle
of her dining table 
showed her position in society.
Thus they were considered a sign
of the highest form of hospitality.

 Redware history.

Redware gained its popularity
with the English colonists
who created this type of pottery
from red clay. 
Depending on how much iron
was in the clay determined the color.

Before the Revolutionary War,
the colonists were considered inferior
potters to those in England,
thus did not make their own until
after the war.

After the war, they began creating 
their own redware with each region
having a different take on 
the designs they chose as the potters
did with blue slip crockery.

The most prolific potters were from
Pennsylvania with many utilizing
solids and multi colored glazes.
A classic Pennsylvania design was
the wavy yellow lines.

Redware was made from lead.
Potters used lead foil wrappers
that drinking tea was wrapped in at the time.
They melted the lead and added it to
the clay creating an affordable line
of plates, cups and other objects.
Being made so cheaply, housewives
flocked to purchase these goods.
However they were also poorly made,
quite breakable and very harmful
unknowingly to both the consumer and potter.
Redware pottery fell out of favor
in the late 19th century with the hand fired
kilns being replaced with modern day
furnaces of the time.

Well that does it for another year
of our holiday home tour.

I appreciate and thank all of you for following
along with me on my blog journey.

Bob and I want to wish you all a very

I hope Santa 
gives you everything
 you wished for.

Redware And Pineapple Blessings To All!


  1. Thanks for all the lessons...love to learn new things. Have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. I am always glad to learn new things too! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Janice

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. Like Robyn I also enjoyed those lessons of olde.

    1. Glad you loved my little history lessons and hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Janice

  3. I learned some history lessons. Thanks for hosting your beautiful home decorated in colonial decorations.
    A Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Hugs, Julia

    1. Thanks for following along and hope youu had a wonderful Christmas! Janice

  4. Merry Christmas to you and Bob.
    Health and happiness to you in 2020.

    1. Thanks Lauren! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas too! Janice

  5. Thanks for sharing not only your beautiful home but the history behind your treasures! Have a very Merry Christmas...see you next year!

    1. Loved sharing both with everyone. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Janice

  6. I just love your beautiful decor. Very interesting reading on the pineapple and redware. I always wondered about the pineapple, you have answered my questions.

    Merry Christmas Janice.

    1. Thank you Kelly! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Janice

  7. Thank you for the history and photos of your decor,inspirational for sure. Wishing you a blessed holiday Christmas and new year and a successful redo of The Urban Garage

    1. Thanks Sandy! Glad you could come in person and thanks for the well wishes for our new adventure. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Janice

  8. I'm just catching up now after a week of off-blog. Wow -- now THAT's a lot of pierogis -- but I know the recipients of your generosity will be thrilled. I hope your Christmas was very merry.

  9. Thank you Jeanie. Yes everyone loved their gift of a dozen pierogis each. We saved 2 dozen for ourselves. Christmas was merry indeed even without snow. Janice


Thank you friends for reading my blog! I especially enjoy reading your comments.