National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Jar Jar
Rendered by Nicholas Amantea (artist), c. 1938
watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil on paperboard
overall: 44.5 x 36.6 cm (17 1/2 x 14 7/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 10 3/4" High 8" Dia(base) 6" Dia(top)
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Pottery from the Index of American Design
Object 10 of 17

The earliest stoneware was unglazed on the inside, because pieces were stacked mouth-to-mouth in the kiln to conserve space. The inside surfaces, therefore, could not be reached by the salt vapor. After 1800, the interiors were usually coated before firing with dark brown or "Albany mud," named after the color of the clay and the location of its source. The brown lining of this jar is of Albany slip. The presence of an Albany slip coating does not indicate, however, that a pot was made only in that area, for during the nineteenth century, the clay was shipped from Albany, New York, to potteries throughout the country.

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