DIA of base: 7 3/4″
Salt glazing is a technique used by stoneware potters to create the glassy surface. When the pottery kiln reached over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, salt was introduced to the kiln, creating a vapor. This vapor adhered to the silica in the clay, forming a glass. From the high temperature, the clay is often non-porous, or vitrified. This, combined with the salt glazing, allowed the potters to not have to apply a glaze to the interior of the vessel. It could hold liquids and not seep, unlike earthenware storage vessels.
MAKER: Thomas Wesley Craven (1829-1858) likely learned to make pottery from his father Anderson Craven in Randolph County, North Carolina. The pottery made by Thomas and his brothers often reflects their pride as Masons. Many pieces have Masonic symbols such as anchors and the compass and square.
Scarborough, Quincy. The Craven Family of Southern Folk Potters. Fayetteville, NC: privately published, 2005.