Reproductions of New York StonewareBy Mark Chervenka
Reproductions of New York Stoneware
The New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) issued reproductions of ten pieces of 19th century New England stoneware. Pieces were available for sale beginning November 1993 on a televised shopping channel and in a museum gift shop. All items were made by Rockdale Union Stoneware of Wisconsin. Rockdale claims it used the same salt glaze and handmade techniques used to make the originals. Each piece was thrown by hand on a potter's wheel and decorated with hand painted designs in deep blue. The items reproduced include several rare shapes and designs such as a water cooler decorated with a cobalt blue dog and stag. Some items are also dated the same as the originals such as a 2 quart crock (center) dated "1833". Names of original makers such as "Clark and Fox , Athens" and others also appear on the pieces. When sold, pieces carry the stamp of NYSHA and Rockdale. Prices ranged from $159 for the water cooler to $16.50 for a small jug; a group package of 7 pieces was $459.