Large Dual-Tone Mochaware Ceramic Pen Pot, 'Earthworm'


Mochaware was first made in Staffordshire, England in the 1780s. Once regarded as utilitarian, common and cheap, this eccentric and colourful slipware decoration is making a comeback for its folklorish appeal. 

In 1852, Charles Dickens, visited the Copeland Pottery Works and described the process: “[…] those particular jugs and mugs were once set upon a lathe and put in motion, and how a man blew the brown colour (having a strong natural affinity with the material in that condition) on them from a blow pipe as they twirled ; and how his daughter, with a common brush, dropped blotches of blue upon them in the right places; tilting the blotches upside down, she made them run into rude images of trees, and there and end."

Size: 9.5 x 11 cm
Material: Mochaware ceramic

IMPORTANT ! These pots are sold singularly in a range of colour combinations. Please leave a note on your order to specify which combination you are interested in. Colour options are as follows: Persimmon and Chestnut Brown, Persimmon and Duck Egg, Persimmon and Yellow or Duck Egg and Chestnut Brown.

Please note each cup is a unique pattern in the style of those photographed. While the colour will remain the same, you may receive a variation as far as the pattern and colour-split goes.