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Wedgwood Drabware

Martha Stewart Living, April 1997

The name Wedgwood is synonymous with highly coveted English ornamental ceramics. But while many of the company's lines, such as the fanciful cameo-motif Jasperware, are quite formal, the Wedgwood name can also be found on versatile dishes that are as appropriate at the breakfast table as they are at the finest holiday feast. Some of these lines are still made today, including Queen's Ware, White Bone China, and -- Martha's favorite -- the distinctive olive-colored glazed earthenware called Drabware.

Most colored dishware starts out as white earthenware or porcelain and is then tinted with glaze, but Drabware is made with dark clay, resulting in its deep, rich color. The soothing hue coordinates well with most other tableware, including printed tablecloths, colored glasses, and virtually all styles of flatware; slightly less versatile but equally beautiful are some rarer pieces that feature a duck-egg blue interior and a gleaming band of gold.

First produced in 1811, Drabware has become a popular collector's item in recent years. You can start building your collection of Drabware by visiting antiques shows and collectibles fairs.

Do You Know?
Despite its name, Drabware is actually a soothing neutral hue. Its tone varies from light coffee to drak olive.

Comments (2)

  • Pipg 30 Dec, 2012

    About drabware--I've been collecting it for the past 40 years. It isn't exclusively Wedgewood. If it has an F in script on the bottom, it's from Germany. It may be a Staffordshire company called Dudson. Or another Staffordshire company called Ridgeways Pottery. There is no definitive source for information on drabware, but it is pottery in different shapes & subtley different shades of brown with white overlaid decoration, Wedgewood style, seaweed, Japanese, flowers. Most come with borders.

  • jsbright 10 Jan, 2008

    There is a word misspelled in the last sentence, drak = dark

    Do You Know? Despite its name, Drabware is actually a soothing neutral hue. Its tone varies from light coffee to [drak] olive.