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Jug

Artist/Maker:
Lewis Miles Pottery
Place Made:
Edgefield County South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1850-1863
Medium:
stoneware
Dimensions:
HOA: 15; DIA: 7 1/4
Accession Number:
3033
Description:
Alkaline-glazed stoneware jug with the name “L. Miles” is impressed on the front.

MAKER: Lewis Miles (1808-1868) was one of early pottery owners of Edgefield District, South Carolina. His financial interest in potting probably came from his father-in-law, the Reverend John Landrum (1765-1846), who owned one of the earliest Edgefield stoneware potteries. Slave labor played an important role in the development of Edgefield stoneware. A significant portion of the labor force in Edgefield stoneware factories was African American, and these artisans are often named in court proceedings and newspaper advertisements involving transfers of ownership of the factories. The most frequently named occupation for slave potters was turner, but they most certainly participated in all aspects of stoneware production. Lewis Miles owned the famous enslaved potter David Drake (1801-after 1870) throughout the 1850s and early 60s.

History:
Discovered in Camden, South Carolina.
Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton