Dating early american pottery
Imagine a visitor from 200 years into the future asking people on the street today: “Didn’t you known nuclear waste takes hundreds of thousands of years to decay? Readings: Clay and Glazes for the Potter, Revised edition. Standardization came later, thanks in great part to Noah Webster. They had to instruct the mason what name to carve onto the stone. Water was the cheapest way to transport heavy raw materials and bulky, fragile wares. Pottery was eventually zoned away from the docks and toward less populated areas. The Redcoats effectively brought pottery to the masses. Much later, a similar group with similar motives burst on the scene. Bow made England’s first true porcelain the next year with Cherokee clay. Whether by the Fire, or in a Battle, or choak’d with a Dishclout, or by a Stroke against a Stone, thy Dissolution happens; ’tis all alike to thy avaritious Owner; he grieves not for thee, but for the Shilling with which he purchased thee! ” “Why did you dump all that garbage into the ocean and rivers? But its a fair bet to assume intention with spelling that consistent. Town fathers tolerated this situation because many potters did a fair bit of trade. An 1838 provision in the Laws and Ordinances of the Common Council of Albany, NY, an important Hudson River transport hub, stipulated that potteries “upon any lane or street which might be deemed noxious or unwholesome shall be removed upon notice given by the Police Justice or any Alderman.” Offending potters were also fined . This new group named themselves after the Sons’ signature act on Boston’s Long Wharf during the night of December 16th, 1773. And of course Josiah Wedgwood had his ear low enough to the ground to hear of Duché’s curious unaker clay. If thy Bottom-Part should chance to survive, it may be preserv’d to hold Bits of Candles, or Blacking for Shoes, or Salve for kibed Heels; but all thy other Members will be for ever buried in some miry Hole; or less carefully disposed of, so that little Children, who have not yet arrived to Acts of Cruelty, may gather them up to furnish out their Baby-Houses: Or, being cast upon the Dunghill, they will therewith be carted into Meadow Grounds; where, being spread abroad and discovered, they must be thrown to the Heap of Stones, Bones, and Rubbish; or being left until the Mower finds them with his Scythe, they will with bitter Curses be tossed over the Hedge; and so serve for unlucky Boys to throw at Birds and Dogs; until by Length of Time and numerous Casualties, they shall be press’d into their Mother Earth, and be converted to their original Principles.
The early church dropped Lovefeast in favor of stability.
And ‘Harvey’ isn’t such an odd name after all – if a bit rare for the time. Interestingly, the last major pottery related conflagration in Charleston, MA wasn’t due to pottery making at all. Bombardment from British warships in 1775 drove the inhabitants, particularly the dock-side potters, away. Both groups became famous for their passionate stand against entrenched oligarchs. Soon Wedgwood agents would be trawling Georgia and the Carolina’s for this white gold’s source. Reading Tags: Benjamin Franklin, mugs, pottery problems, redware pottery Posted in archeology, Benjamin Franklin, Early American Pottery, Earthenware, mug, North America, pottery, Pottery and Economics, pottery and politics, Pottery and Religion, pottery history, redware pottery | 2 Comments » The Moravian community of Salem NC, founded in the mid 18th century, believed in austere living and strict religious observance.
Yet he wrote ‘Hervey’ on every document he ever signed. ’ One theory (supported only by the above mentioned observations) imagines him as an adolescent. This was the era between the Revolution and the War of 1812 when the entire country was redefining itself. Maybe youth culture expressed itself then, as it so often does, with slang vocabulary and nick-names unique to that atmosphere. Maybe he proudly wore it the rest of his life like an old hippy’s long hair. But while one group (obliquely) disseminated pottery and democracy, the other was (quickly and quite concretely) co-opted by the highest bidder. Back home, Duché convinced Isaac Parker to hire him. But it shouldn’t be surprising that a group this stodgy would produce flowery and exuberant earthenware. Then again, as with adherents to any doctrine, Moravian potters were not always above reproach.
There was no need for individual leaders in that effort, either. But lead was fairly easy to obtain, it was cheap, it had a wide firing range, and it offered a wonderful variety of glaze colors. Tags: Bennington, Caleb Crafts, Catholicism, immigrant potters, Ireland, Norton Pottery, Orcutt, Portland Stoneware Company, Sharon Hoffman, Stoneware, Whately, William Fives Posted in Caleb Crafts, Early American ceramics, Early American Pottery, Immigrants, Ireland, Maine, North America, Norton Pottery, Orcutt, Portland Stoneware Company, pottery, pottery history, Stoneware, William Fives | Leave a Comment » Automobiles excited speed freaks from the beginning. Young men raced bootleg whiskey to backwoods delivery points. One immediate consequence was that local potters couldn’t keep up with demand.
Reading: Many Identities, One Nation, The Revolution and It’s Legacy in the Mid-Atlantic. Lead is actually one of the world’s greatest glaze materials – except, of course, exposure to it destroys your central nervous system. Most early American potters didn’t have access to higher firing stoneware clays, which don’t use lead glazes. Tags: Albany, bottle kilns, Charleston MA, lead glazes, pyromania, redware pottery, Royal Navy, Sons of Liberty, Tea Party Posted in Albany, bottle kilns, Charelstown, Early American Pottery, North America, pottery and politics, redware pottery, Revolutionary War | 1 Comment » Andrew Duché of Savannah, GA was one of many 18th century devotees of the quest for a true ‘Western’ porcelain formula. When Prohibition ended the drivers didn’t want to stop. Quality predictably declined when so many newcomers flooded the market. The very best were called “500 gallon men” due to the quantity they could produce in a day.
He was a “stupid ass, like other children in the Community.” And as with unsupervised children anywhere at any time, Rudolf was given to vague but ominous “evil doings.” The Moravian Lovefeast perhaps added fuel to the fire.