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Cream Pot

Lowe, John Alexander
Place Made:
Greene County Tennessee United States of America
Date Made:
HOA 5-1/2″; DIA of mouth 4-13/16″; DIA of base 2-1/2″
Accession Number:
Small earthenware cream pot with wide rolled rim, bulbous body, and narrow base. Dark brown in color with glaze inside and out. Recessed band around the neck approximately 3/4″ wide; having the maker’s name embossed, “J.A. LOWe” four times. The base has raised ring decoration; uneven bottom.

MAKER: John A. Lowe (1833-1902) was one of the Greene County, Tennessee potters closely associated with Christopher A. Haun (1821-1861), the celebrated Unionist potter hanged for his participation in an anti-Confederate bridge burning scheme. Unlike Haun, however, Lowe enlisted in the Confederate Army. After the war, he moved to Indiana and later Arkansas. This cream pot and a larger two-handled jar are the only two known surviving, intact works stamped by Lowe. Sherds with the “J.A. LOWe” stamp have been excavated at his pottery site.

Smith, Samuel D. and Stephen T. Rogers. Tennessee Potteries, Pots, and Potters – 1790s to 1950. Nashville: Tennessee Department oof Environment and Conservation, 2011.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund