Earthenware, partially covered in a lead glaze, made in Southern England, about 1300-1400

Given by Joseph Mayer|, 1867

Earthenware, unglazed, England, 1300-1500

Purchased, 1953

Most of the pottery of the Middle Ages was left unglazed. Lead glazes were only used sparingly, as lead was expensive. The glaze helped to make the pot waterproof but also made it more decorative. Here, the larger jug has been decorated with a 'bib' of glaze beneath the lip. The streaks of glaze at each side may also have been applied on purpose.