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 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!