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Jugs & Pitchers

From utilitarian to unique, ceramic jugs chart a course through history of innovation in pottery and advances in artistry. They are both functional and beautiful items for collectors.

Since the dawn of humankind, there has been a need for vessels to contain liquids, and since the earliest cultures, there have been ceramic jugs and pitchers. Beginning as rudimentary earthenware pieces, which were relatively durable yet porous and prone to damage, ceramic jugs and pitchers soon evolved to include stoneware. Stoneware is so named for its typically matte gray appearance before firing and its increased durability.

The appearance of porcelain further revolutionized the field of ceramic wares. Though Chinese artisans excelled in hard-paste porcelain production as early as the 2nd century A.D., European artists did not discover the durable material until the 18th century. With this discovery, decorative ceramics grew exponentially, with different manufacturers creating iconic designs that are still treasured today.


Quick Facts

  • The famed Jasperware of Josiah Wedgwood’s manufacture was a form of white stoneware
  • To make purely white porcelain, Josiah Spode added bone ash, also known as calcium phosphate, to his clay. Bone china, as it is known today, became incredibly popular for both its whiteness and strength
  • While the ceramic jug itself traditionally takes on an earthen hue, it is brought to life through a series of colorful glazes, which also add shine to the piece

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