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Redware pottery, which is just what the name implies, a reddish brown colored pottery, was
first made by English settlers in the 1600’s. Redware pottery was made in many different states including, Virginia, Pennsylvania,New York and Tennessee. The reason it is that color is because of the iron content of the clay that was used to produce the pottery.
The shades of red or brown can vary greatly depending on where the clay came from and how much iron is in the clay. Antique redware
pottery from colonial times can be found to be in most cases rough and usually of poor quality. The reason for this is because of
the restriction imposed on the English Settlers by the British crown in the 17th Century.
Until the revolutionary war, the settlers were required to send all raw materials to England where the clay would be turned into well
designed and fancy pottery. The pottery would then be sent all over the world, including the colonies here in America. It was unlawful
for potters to produce their own products lest the crown not make a huge and handsome profit on the shipment, production and re-shipment
of product. Although it was unlawful, some colonists continued to make their own pottery and it was tolerated because the merchandise
was of inferior quality to the pottery made in England. After the War of Independence, many potters came to the United States fromEngland and later other countries such as Germany and produced better quality products that were able to compete with the English