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Sharpes Pottery Museum
West Street
Swadlincote, Derbyshire
DE11 9DG
United Kingdom

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Mocha Ware

When Sharpe’s Pottery opened in 1821 it

predominantly made domestic pottery called yellow ware. The name comes from the colour of the local clay when burnt and clear glazed, making low cost, everyday pottery.

The unique mocha decoration was made by applying dots and lines of acid colour onto a background of white clay slip. The acidic mixture, contained tobacco water and stale urine, which

instantly spread out by chemical reaction to produce patterns resembling trees, moss or seaweed.

Previous excavations on the site have unearthed many Mocha ware shards that had been discarded when the pottery was in production.

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Mocha ware
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T. G. Green, Swadlincote, South Derbyshire
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