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Collecting Creamware with Rufus

Martha Stewart Living Television

Displaying and using fine collectibles can enhance the everyday with a sense of history. In the 1700s, a variety of earthenware called creamware was produced by several companies, including Wedgwood. Although expensive today, creamware was affordable to the middle class during the 18th century; some of the most innovative styles and designs were created between 1780 and 1820.

Despite what its name might suggest, creamware is not necessarily white. In fact, it was produced in many colors, from pale cream or straw to greens and browns. The pottery is instead named for the pale-white clay used in its productions. Rufus Foshee, an antiques dealer from Camden, Maine, and a collector of creamware for more than thirty years, owns some wonderful pieces and offers accounts of their origins.