Jasperware: Greek Muse 1 & 1/2"
Size: 1 & 1/2"
Backmark: Shirley '09
Ceramic bisque button, wedgwood-style Jasperware buttons with a self shank.
Designed and signed by Shirley Shaw
Jasperware, or jasper ware, is a type of stoneware first developed by Josiah Wedgwood, although some authorities have described it as a type of porcelain. It is noted for its matte finish and is produced in a number of different colors, of which the best known is a pale blue that has become known as 'Wedgwood Blue. The term "jasper" is not the personal name Jasper in this context, but the name of a mineral; it comes from the Greek ἴασπις iaspis, itself of oriental origin and related to the Hebrew
THE MOUSAI (Muses) were the goddesses of music, song and dance, and the source of inspiration to poets. They were also goddesses of knowledge, who remembered all things that had come to pass. Later the Mousai were assigned specific artistic spheres: Kalliope, epic poetry; Kleio, history; Ourania, astronomy; Thaleia, comedy; Melpomene, tragedy; Polyhymnia, religious hymns; Erato, erotic poetry; Euterpe, lyric poetry; and Terpsikhore, choral song and dance.