June 27th - December 4th, 2011
Creamware refers to a large family of earthenwares covered with cream-colored glazes that were produced in England and continental Europe during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Creamware was a revolutionary product in its time because it possessed many of the same practical and aesthetic qualities as porcelain, but could be produced for a fraction of the cost. For this reason, it quickly emerged as the ceramic tableware of choice for middle class consumers. Competition from creamware producers put great pressure on many English and European porcelain factories, helping to force some out of business and others to modify their products. For such a seemingly simple ceramic, creamware had a profound social and economic impact that resonated even into modern times. This exhibition will showcase a collection of creamwares that were donated to the Gardiner Museum in 2008 by long-time members Jean and Ken Laundy. This exhibition will be the first time many of the objects have been publicly displayed.