Blue and White

A Favorite: Blue and White Spatterware

If you look closely in the open shelves of my kitchen in the image below, you will notice pieces of blue and white spatterware pottery mixed in with my everyday dishes. Spatterware is often referred to as Spongeware, and it is a style of pottery that was popular in England in the 18th and 19th centuries. The name comes from the way that the pottery looks as if the paint was applied with a sponge or simply splattered onto the surface.


I have been collecting blue and white spatterware from Bennington Potters, a Vermont pottery studio that has been making this type of pottery since the 1970s. The pale blue and white (called morning glory) pattern is my favorite but it comes in many different colors. Here is a link to their site where you can view all the options.

Bennington Pottery in Country Living

I read in Country Living magazine that the darker of the blue and white spatterware (called blue agate) in the image above (and below) was chosen in 2008 by President and Mrs. Obama for their everyday dishes in their private residence in the White House.

Blue Agate Bennington Pottery in Country Living

Although it is common to see this style of pottery in country homes it has a very classic look and it is often seen in more modern settings. Ralph Lauren is currently selling a black and white spatterware in their collection which is made by Bennington Potters. It has a very contemporary look as seen below:

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Bennington Pottery at Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is also selling Bennington Pottery in the blue agate–it has a more masculine and rustic feel in the table setting below.

Bennington Potters for Ralph Lauren

I like how well spatterware can mix with other patterns as seen below in Tory Burch’s new line of blue and white spatterware.

Tory Burch collection
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Tory Burch
Tory Burch

The blue and white has a very coastal and informal feel to it and would be perfectly at home in a beach house.

Here are some other pretty images of spatterware:

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from Carolyne Roehm via The Pink Pagoda
Mark D. Sikes
Mark D. Sikes

What do you think of spatterware?

header image from Tory Burch Collection

2 thoughts on “A Favorite: Blue and White Spatterware

  1. I enjoyed reading today’s blog with a special shout out to our hometown of Bennington. If you happen to be in southwestern Vermont in mid-July you must hit up Bennington Potter’s Midnight Madness Sale. It is their only sale of the year held under a big tent in the potter’s yard. You’ve never seen so much Bennington pottery in one place!)


  2. Gorgeous images, Elizabeth! Navy is my favorite color, and all variations of blue work well with it; but I must say, surprisingly, the black and white spatterware is what caught my eye and held my attention. I would definitely buy the Ralph Lauren version to fit with my color scheme.


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