“Whieldon Ware”

by Elizabeth S PaynterCART Lab Director

The team is back at Old Colchester Park and Preserve and has been finding some Whieldon ware. This decorative ware can be found on creamware ceramics and was primarily produced during the mid-eighteenth century. Like all creamwares the vessels are a refined white earthenware and have a clear lead glaze; however, Whieldon wares are easily distinguished by the sponged colors that give the ceramic a clouded or tortoise shell appearance. Whieldon “clouded wares” are decorated in colors such as brown, green, purple and yellow that were created by using combinations of metallic oxides. The term Whieldon ware might be a bit misleading since other potters besides Whieldon were producing the decorative creamware. Some archaeologists also classify the vegetable and fruit wares of the time period such as cauliflower ware as “Whieldon wares”.


FLMNH Ceramic. (n.d.). Whieldon Ware. Historical Archaeology. Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH). Electronic. https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/histarch/gallery_types/type_index_display.asp?type_name=WHIELDON WARE accessed April 18, 2018

MAC Lab. 2015. Diagnostic Artifacts in Maryland. Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab (MAC Lab). Originally Published 2002. Electronic. http://www.jefpat.org/diagnostic/index.htm accessed April 18, 2018


About cartarchaeology

We are the County Archaeological Research Team, part of the Archaeology and Collections Branch, Resource Management Division, Fairfax County Park Authority. We are tasked with understanding and managing the cultural resources on Park land throughout Fairfax County.
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