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What is Mochaware? - History and Recipe: Article or Project

Wetware

25 grams of Finely chopped tobacco

1 pint of water

Colorant

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The term Mocha Ware refers to an artistic design on pottery and ceramic ware. Originally created on thrown or hand built pottery, it has fast become popular on cast ceramic creations. Dating back to mid to late 1700’s, the ware has been found in Brittan, France and North America.
The design is a dendritic random marking resembling a web-like or branching design flowing or radiating across the face of the item – resembling the natural markings of moss agate or mocha stone Originally used on mugs and jugs, it fast moved to other vessels and decorative pieces. Imitating geological surfaces was greatly popular in the 18th century.

Traditionally, the original designs were found on buff or yellow earthen clay and were decorated with black bands and white stripes for the ‘mocha’ design. Eventually, white clay became the common base.

Britain exported most of their ware; however North America primarily produced ware for home use from slave quarters to the finer homes and was exceedingly popular in taverns. It was the most economical decorated ware available at the time.

Mocha Stone was imported from Arabia through Mocha (Yemen). There also, were large supplies of coffee lending its color (mocha) to the design which was traditionally a rust or brown coloration. It is unknown who was first to create the design, however some potter discovered that dripping an ascidic solution on wet ware created interesting designs.

It is relatively simple to recreate unique artwork using this simple technique. Basically an item thrown, sculpted or cast that has reached leather hard status is then dipped in slip or slip is heavily brushed or poured over the surface. Working quickly while slip is still liquid, a Mocha ‘tea’ solution is dripped over the surface. If allowed to flow, it creates webbing similar to trees and roots. If the surface is flat, the design flows and radiates out like a sunburst or flower.

The following Mocha Tea Stain recipe is credited to Andrew S Lubow

25 grams of Finely chopped tobacco
1 pint of water
Colorant

Directions:

Boil the mixture for 40 minutes. Sieve through a 200 mesh screen. Add 30 grams iron or manganese oxide, mix well and re-sieve. You may also use other colorants instead such as mason stains with varying results.

 

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