|English pottery, principally earthenware, with applied decoration, produced from about 1730 to 1745 by two Stoke-on-Trent potters, John Astbury and Thomas Whieldon.|
Instead of the more common stamped relief decoration, the ornament was achieved by applying pre-molded relief motifs to the surface of the pottery object and connecting them by curled stems formed of threads of thinly rolled clay. The process was known as sprigging.
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