Pipe bowls

circa 1850

Ussery pottery shop site

Bacon Level, Randolph County, Alabama


Collection of Rick Messer and James “Beefy” Cormany


Pipe bowls were among the basic wares produced by Alabama potters. Fragments are found in abundance at kiln sites, like these recovered from the Ussery shop site in Randolph County, Alabama. The pottery likely had several different lead molds on hand, as each of these fragments has a distinct pattern.