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Rowe Pottery Works, famous for creating museum quality reproductions of early American pottery used its remaining stock of clay to make these pieces - the clay is no longer available

Our American Heritage Shop is Sold Out of ALL Albany Slip Pieces

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This year’s Limited Edition Collection is exactly that, with the very last of our stockpile of New York mined Albany slip added, and only 500 sets to be made, they’re sure to be a crowd pleaser. Our ceramic engineer has been able to formulate a new glaze with our last remaining Albany slip that has the identical metallic sheen as our past Albany slip Collection. The three pieces that complete this collection include a basin, an ovoid crock, and a lidded pitcher, that are more ornate and hand detailed than any Limited Edition Collection from the past few years. After being hand thrown by our potters, the hand crafted lug handles and leaf sprigs are attached carefully in a pattern of the potter’s choice, making each piece unique to the next. Even though this year’s collection is so different from previous years, the significant Limited Edition sprig with the year and run of the collection will be attached to each piece adding value to the collectible. For those collector’s who want even more, we are offering the first 100 of the 500 sets numbered in the order they were made and signed by the potter who spent the time and brought the piece to life. Anyone who can appreciate the time and detail that goes into each hand made Limited Edition piece will not be disappointed.

Albany Slip Basin - 4"H x 15"W - Sorry - Sold Out

Albany Slip Pitcher - 10"H x 7.5"W - Sorry - Sold Out

Albany Slip Crock - 11.5"H x 12.75"W - Sorry - Sold Out

An American Classic: The Albany Slip Two-Handled Jug (2003)

 Rowe Pottery Works, famous for creating museum-quality reproductions of early American pottery, now offers a limited production jug with authentic Albany Slip glazing.

Albany Slip glaze was made from a natural glacial clay discovered in Albany, New York in the early 1800s.  "Slip Glaze" is the potter's term for a glaze made from clay mixed with water.

Albany Slip glaze is characterized by its deep-brown color.  It was common on earthenware, stoneware and salt-glaze pottery throughout the 1800s.  It is the natural brown often associated with bean pots. It can be altered to produce a wide range of earth tones.

Durable and decorative, Albany Slip was often used as an interior glaze on salt-glaze pottery.  It melted smoothly to form an impermeable glass coating, perfect for storing liquids and for ease of cleaning.  Its popularity spread among potters throughout North America with the expansion of the railroad system.

Once common, Albany Slip is now a rare substance.  Much other clay was mined in the Midwest during this time and also became known as Albany Slip, however, it is not true Albany Slip clay. The original Albany mine closed in 1986 due to difficulties in extracting the clay.  Since then, commercial supplies have been exhausted.  Only small stocks remain in private hands of potters who treasured the colors of true Albany Slip.  

Rowe Pottery Works is using its own remaining inventory of true Albany Slip clay, one of the last known stock, in making of this special historical Two Handled Jug.  In order to reserve our stock, we are introducing only one Albany Slip collectible per year. 

This jug truly represents a bygone era of American pottery. It is an expression of the quality and craftsmanship of Albany Slip pottery of the 1800s.  It is grand in size, holding approximately two gallons and weighing more than 10 pounds.  It is decorated with a primitive bird sprig, a hand-combed pattern, two pulled handles and glazed with true Albany Slip clay on the outside.

Each Jug will have a variation of the "orange-peel" effect due to the salt glazing process. This variation enhances the uniqueness of each pitcher - no two will be exactly alike!   A collector's treasure, this showpiece will be available for a limited time.

Albany Slip Two Handled Jug - 15"H x 9"W 

(Sorry - Sold Out)


Albany Slip Bean Pot - Limited Edition for 2004

The Albany Slip collection continues in 2004 with the introduction of the Bean Pot. Third in a series of handcrafted pottery decorated with true Albany Slip clay and fired in the traditional salt-glaze manner. The 2004 Albany Slip Bean Pot comes with a recipe card for Grandma Rowe's Beans and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Jim Rowe that includes the history of the bean pot and the important relationship it had with the 19th century potter.

Albany Slip Bean Pot - 9"H x 12"W 

(Sorry - Sold Out)

The Potter and the Bean Pot
  The potter has always been a valuable resource in rural communities. Pottery was the most popular product produced by the potter, but not the only one. Radiant heat created by the wood burning kilns was a by product that was used by the women of the community to bake beans. As we know, beans take many hours to cook and since the potter would stoke his kiln with wood for 24 to 36 hours at a time to reach the ideal firing temperature, this created a great opportunity for beans to bake. The bean pot shape was even created for baking next to a kiln. It was made of stoneware that the potter crafted from clay he gathered from a nearby riverbed or creek. The looped handle made it easy for the potter to use his hooked rod to move the bean pot from hot spots by the kiln. The properties of stoneware could withstand the heat of the kiln and would help create an even bake. The stoneware would also keep the beans warm long after it was taken home. Rowe Pottery Works 2004 Albany Slip Bean Pot is decorated with true Albany Slip clay and fired in the traditional salt-glaze manner. Our craftsmen have added original touches like oak leaves, acorn lid and bark lug and handle to commemorate the forests that kept many of our forefather's kilns burning for days on end.

Albany Slip Maple Leaf Vases - Limited Editions for 2005

The Albany Slip collection continues in 2005 with the introduction of the small & Large Maple Leaf Vases.  Since the Albany clay supply is almost gone these will be the last Albany Slip pieces made. This is the fourth and final in the series of handcrafted pottery decorated with true Albany Slip clay and fired in the traditional salt-glaze manner. The 2005 Albany Slip Maple Leaf vases include a Certificate of Authenticity.

Albany Slip Small Maple Leaf Vase - 9.25"H x 8.25"W 

(Sorry - Sold Out )

Albany Slip Large Maple Leaf Vase - 11.75"H x 9"W 

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Albany Slip
 
Rowe Pottery Works, famous for creating museum quality reproductions of early American pottery, made these limited production Bean Pots with authentic Albany Slip glazing. Albany Slip was a clay discovered in Albany, New York in the early 1800s. "Slip glaze" is a potter's term for "natural clay glaze." It was popular with potters in America at that time because it had a natural ability to melt and cover the surface of the stoneware pot as a durable glaze.
  Albany Slip glaze is characterized by its deep brown color and was common on both earthenware and salt-glaze pottery throughout the 1800s. Potters used it as an interior glaze on salt-glazed ware to give it an impermeable smooth glass coating, vital for storing liquids and for ease of cleaning. The original mine where Albany Slip clay was discovered has since been exhausted and has been closed since 1986. Rowe Pottery Works used its remaining inventory of authentic Albany Slip clay to make these products.

Customers - Please Note these items were limited availability products and were only crafted for a short time - the clay used is no longer available. 

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