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Glazes

In recent years the pottery made garden wares, and a small number of glazed decorative items. The glazed decorative wares were started in the late 19th century using glazes in green, which gave rise to the name 'Farnham Greenware'. The green glaze was developed over a number years according to the following paragraph from a newspaper article of 1898:

A good many years ago now, the late Mr. Birkett Foster, R.A., brought to Mr. Harris at his Wrecclesham works a shred of old Moorish pottery. It was a beautiful green hue, a colour rich but not gaudy, restful to the eye and serviceable. 'Tell me', said Mr. Birkett Foster, 'can you make me a vase like that'. Mr. Harris promised to try. The experiments were not altogether successful for a long time. Almost ten years passed and the secret of the chemicals had not been discovered. At last perseverance was rewarded. The furnace was opened one day and disclosed the FIRST PIECE OF FARNHAM WARE as this coloured pottery is now known all the world over.

Other glazes were used later including blue, brown and cream. The most common glazes found on the pottery are green or blue. The earliest reference we have seen for the blue glaze is 1899.

The insides of the pottery are often glazed in a different colour. The most common colours are pale yellowish glazes and dark browns.

The Victoria County History for Surrey Volume II, published in 1905, mentions that the pottery used glazes in the following colours: blue, green, pale yellow, orange, chocolate, and brown.

In our own collection, out of a total of 213 pieces, the colour distribution is as follows:


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