A fine-grained stoneware perfected by Josiah Wedgwood in 1775. Pure white, it was stained with colour, blue being the most popular. The earliest pieces were made in solid jasper, in which the colour was mixed with the body, later the colour was applied to the surface in the form of a ‘dip’. Classical-style moulded decoration in white was applied to the surface of a wide range of objects, which included small plaques used for buttons, large plaques used in interiors or on furniture and ornate vases. Jasperware is still made by the Wedgwood factory today.