MAKER: Isaac Lefever (1831-1864) was oprhaned and first apprenticed as a blacksmith in 1836, training under Jacob Kistler. When Kistler died in 1845, Lefever began training with potter Daniel Seagle as early as 1845 and likely through 1852. Though Lefever’s primary occupation was farming, the pottery he produced is often well balanced, beautifully shaped, and graceful, as are the pots of his teacher Daniel Seagle. Lefever is remembered for his service during the Civil War, service that cut short his young life. However, he is most remembered for his beautiful pottery; the few pieces of his marked pottery that survive exemplify his incredible skills as a ceramic artist.
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