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Pitchers were produced in a range of sizes from cream pitchers to large milk pitchers, as well as small coffeepots and teapots. Gaslights accentuated their lustrousness. Designs featured plant forms and animals, and generally flowed freely over the whole surface, typically taking up over half the surface area.
The mixture was applied to the glazed ware and fired in an enameling kiln, depositing a thin film of platinum or gold. Very dilute amounts of powdered gold or platinum were dissolved in aqua regia  and added to spirits of tar for platinum and a mixture of turpentine, flowers of sulfur and linseed oil for gold.
In the resist technique, similar to batikthe design was painted in glue and size in a glycerin or honey compound, the lustre applied by dipping, and the resist washed off before the piece was fired.
Production, which was never large, appears to have mostly been from about tobut with rather inferior wares produced into the 19th century. Raised, multicolored patterns depicting pastoral scenes were also created, and sand was sometimes incorporated into the glaze to add texture. Tea sets came a bit later, usually featuring creamers, sugar bowls, and slop bowls.
Delicate lustre imitating mother-of-pearl was produced by Wedgwood and at Belleek in the mid-century, derived from bismuth nitrate.
Staining glass vessels with copper and silver pigments was known from around the 3rd century AD,  although true lustre technology probably began sometime between the 4th and 8th centuries AD. Large pitchers with transfer printed commemorative scenes appear to have arrived around the middle of the 19th century.
Lustreware became popular in Staffordshire during the 19th century, where it was also used by Josiah Wedgwoodwho introduced pink and white lustreware simulating mother o' pearl effects in dishes and bowls cast in the shapes of shells, and silver lustre, introduced at Wedgwood in Silver lustre employed the new metal platinumwhose chemical properties were analyzed towards the end of the 18th century, John Hancock of Hanley invented the application of a platinum technique, and "put it in practice at Mr Spode's manufactoryfor Messrs.
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