Whisky jug - ROM2006_6310_1


Whisky jug

Maker: George McConnell (c. 1813- after 1881)
Geography: Norval, Ontario, Canada
Date: c. 1870-1880
26.1 (height) x 23.3 (width) x 9.0 (depth) x 22.9 (diameter) cm
Object number: 958.48
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Beatrice W. Ritter Yorke
Not on view

Dark-bodied earthenware

Potting clays available to Canadian potters locally were red firing clays suited only for dark-bodied earthenware. By the late 1850s, the rise of large potteries in Quebec had forced most independent artisans out of the marketplace. The Poterie Dion in L’Ancienne-Lorette became the leading maker of dark-bodied earthenware. The situation was different in Ontario, where independent artisan potters continued to produce most earthenware, many of them working in rural areas.

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