PANTONE CALLS “GREENERY”
TOP COLOR TREND FOR 2017

While the folks at Pantone like to think of green as “nature’s neutral,” in ceramic design early green glazes were actually some of the most vibrant available and were often toxic, gaining a lot of their luster—and toxicity—from compounds like lead. Below is a gallery of greenery in ceramic design.

Above: 11th century fragment of a green luster bowl. Egypt, Fatimid Dynasty. 

Above: 11th century fragment of a green luster bowl. Egypt, Fatimid Dynasty. 

Above: Medieval face jug from South East England.  º

Above: Medieval face jug from South East England.  º

Above: Green lusterware snail from Zsolnay studios, Hungary, 20th Century.

Above: Green lusterware snail from Zsolnay studios, Hungary, 20th Century.

Above: Dodie Thayer’s iconic American “cabbage-ware,” 20th century. 

Above: Dodie Thayer’s iconic American “cabbage-ware,” 20th century.