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Ruskin pottery ginger jar

01/04/2010
Orange lustre glaze ginger jar

Ruskin orange lustre glaze ginger jar, 1922, 1997.83

Lustre glazed items like this ginger jar were first produced at the Ruskin factory in 1905. 

The lustre glaze is easy to recognise as it has an iridescent pearly sheen over the underlying glaze colour.   Howson Taylor described the lustre glaze as “delicate and brilliant colours made jewel-like by the medium through which they are seen”.   The glaze was used on thinner clay which has meant that not so many lustre glazed pieces have survived undamaged. The lustre glaze was popular with customers even though it was more expensive than the soufflé glaze.

Lustre glazes were widely produced in Europe during the late 19th century and Howson Taylor would certainly have taken inspiration from other factories producing this glaze.

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