MAKER: Christopher Alexander Haun was born in 1821 in Greene County, Tennessee. It is not known when he started making pottery, but the site where he produced ware was operating as a pottery in the 1820s by the Kinser family, and may have also been associated with the Harmon family. Pottery was being produced there in the 1840s, which may be when Haun began his tenure there. Christopher’s brother, Lewis M. Haun, also likely worked with Christopher and was listed in the 1860 census as a “master potter.” Christopher Haun was hanged in 1861 by the Confederate States of America after being charged for burning bridges in support of the Union Army in East Tennessee. It is only through two letters written while he was imprisoned before being hanged that we know Haun was a potter. He wrote to his wife, Elizabeth, “Have Bohannon, Hinshaw, or Low [all local potters] to finish off that ware…Sell my shop tools, lead oven, glazing mill, clay mill and lathe which will be some help to you and the children.”
Smith, Samuel D. and Stephen T. Rogers. TENNESSEE POTTERIES, POTS, AND POTTERS – 1790s TO 1950 Volume 1. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Division of Archaeology. Research Series No. 18 (2011): 138-139.