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Slipped, Salted and Glazed: An Overview of North Carolina’s Pottery from 1750-1850

Author(s): Mary L. Farrell ; Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton

Year: 2016

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Not long ago, Pennsylvania potter, Jack Troy declared "if North America has a ‘pottery state’ it must be North Carolina, as there is probably no other state with such a highly developed pottery consciousness,"  – and he is right!  North Carolina’s pottery heritage is unique in many ways:  it is the most southern state with a well-developed earthenware tradition (ca. 1750s);  it is the most northern state with an alkaline-glazed stoneware tradition, in addition to its salt-glaze; its early potters used a variety of kiln types (updraft, downdraft, crossdraft) in a variety of shapes (round, square, rectangular) burning earthenware and stoneware; it is known for its abundant clays, strong family networks (or clay clans), its survival and resurgence of the craft, and diversity of its continuous heritage.  While this overview highlights pottery from one century, let it be said that the potters’ wheels in North Carolina have never stopped turning.

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Slipped, Salted and Glazed: An Overview of North Carolina’s Pottery from 1750-1850. Mary L. Farrell, Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435030)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 240

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America