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Slipware pottery is one of the oldest types of earthenware pottery, tracing back to the times of the Egyptians. Slip is a white or colored clay, which is smoothed with water until it becomes liquid. Afterwards, it is put on an unfired clay pot by using the dipping, brushing, or piping techniques. Further molding may be added.

Slipware pottery is also very simple, consisting of only wavy lines and dots which form patterns. The pottery itself requires a great deal of labor and mistakes can be devastating. When making designs of a line, it would be very difficult to restart from the exact point if one made a mistake.

In 17th-century England, slipware was also very popular. It would symbolize royalty, marriages and other such great events. Generations later, it would be turned up again. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge have many collections of slipware.

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