MAKER: Henry Watkins (b. circa 1797) was closely affiliated, and probably apprenticed, with the Quaker potter William Dennis (1769-1847) of Randolph County. In 1817, Watkins was accepted into Marlborough Monthly Meeting and two years later married Elizabeth Elliott, daughter of Obadiah and Sarah Chamness Elliott. After living and working near the Dennises, in 1837 Watkins moved into southern Guilford County where he is listed in the 1850 census as a potter. As a pacifist Quaker, the husband of Hannah Blair Frazier, the last owner of this piece was imprisoned as a conscientious objector during the Civil War by the Confederate government . Letters from Solomon Frazier to his wife, written from the Confederate Prison in Salisbury, NC, survive in the Friends Historical Collection at Guilford College.
Pugh, Hal E. and Eleanor Minnock-Pugh. “The Quaker Ceramics Tradition in Piedmont, North Carolina.” CERAMICS IN AMERICA (2010): 66-105.