This large antique stoneware pitcher has a beautiful chocolate brown Albany slip glaze. Albany slip-glazed pottery was made in the 19th century, originally with a clay deposit from the Hudson River near Albany, New York. A slip glaze was made by mixing the clay with water. It melted to form a glass-like coating which was easy to clean and good for holding liquids. The color of the clay used for this pitcher is gray; the glaze was made of a clay that had a high iron content which is why the color will differ on the same piece, as this one does. When it was fired in the kiln, changes in color could occur then, also.
This hand-thrown pitcher has great form and color. There are two incised lines under the thick rim and two more at the point that the body begins to flare into an ovoid shape. The strap handle is finely molded and the upper rim flares out on both sides of the spout.
This is a large, heavy (5 pounds!) pitcher. It stands 9 inches tall and is 5 inches across the base. From the edge of the spout to the outer rim is 4 ¾ inches and from the widest part of the body to the outer edge of the handle is 7 inches.
Utilitarian items like this were used every day; they were often broken and discarded. This pitcher is in great condition. There are two tiny glaze flakes on one side. There are no cracks or chips.