Doll House miniature vases and fine china made in the style of jasperware. Wedgwood jasperware miniatures hand made by Marsha Hedrick, IGMA Fellow

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Jasperware is the style of porcelain generally referred to as wedgwood. It has been made by the Josiah Wedgwood company in England for a very long time and is still in production to this day.  The wedgwood company, however,  make many other types of porcelain and fine china as well as the jasperware.  The jasperware style of porcelain was also copied by many of the japanese manufacturers.

There is a noteable difference between the way the Josiah Wedgwood company makes their jasperware and how the Japanese companies made theirs.  The Josiah Wedgwood company uses a 'sprigging' technique.  This is where the raised design on the item is cast separately using what is referred to as a 'sprigging mold'  the design is removed from that mold and while both the mold and the item are still wet it is affixed to the item using a bit of slip.  This results in identical designs being found on numerous pieces.

The japanese on the other hand used primarily a slip trailing technique whereby the design was flowed onto the item using either a tube similar to a cake decorating tube or a paint brush or a combination of the two.  The resulting design might be further enhanced by some delicate carving.  The designs resulting from this method are going to be slightly different piece to piece by virtue of the fact that they are created individually by hand rather than from a mold.


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The majority of the japanese designs feature floral and landscapes, whereas the jasperware from the Josiah Wedgwood company is most often found with classical figures.  The wedgewood company also does landscapes and florals but they are more well known for the figural designs.


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The pieces that Marsha makes are all made using the slip trailing technique and no two are ever identical.  You can order wedgwood in the shop, however, be aware that this is a totally different process than most of the work that Marsha does and she only does it perhaps once a year.  You can see the pieces that have been done in the past in the Wedgwood category in the shop.

Part of the beauty of jasperware is the shading and flowing gowns that are commonly found in the decoration.  This shading is accomplished by varying the thickness of the white porcelain decoration.  The white porcelain is very translucent so the strong color of the base item will show though.  Jasperware is most commonly seen and recognized in the deep blue color, it is, however, available in many other colors including yellow, pink, lavendar, green, and black. 

In some cases it can be found where the colors are reversed and the base item is white with the colored raised design.  One notable example of this from the Josiah Wedgwood company is dinner service referred to as 'Queens ware'.  Queens ware is not only found with the colors reversed it is also glazed.