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Seagle, Daniel
Place Made:
Lincoln County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
Alkaline-glazed stoneware
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Made in the Catawba River Valley of North Carolina, this jug is an example of a master potter’s work; it exhibits the bulbous shapes and designs he passed on to his apprentices, such as Isaac Lefever. As is the case with this jug, many of Daniel Seagle’s pieces are recognized by his often-used “D.S.” stamp. Two strap handles were placed on the top of the shoulder on opposite sides of the jug. A strap handle is made by pulling or extruding a strip of clay, placing one end of the strip against the vessel, then looping it out to make the handle shape. The stoneware jug was thrown on a wheel. A uniform, light, alkaline glaze covers the jug. On each side of the handles there are glass runs. Alkaline glaze is a mix of clay and ash or lime that acted as a flux.

MAKER: Daniel Seagle’s family were early settlers in Lincoln County, North Carolina, arriving from Pennsylvania in the late eighteenth-century. Daniel Seagle (1805-1867) made both lead-glazed earthenware and alkaline-glazed stoneware, although very few of his earthenware pieces have survived. He likely trained under his father, Adam, who would have made lead-glazed earthenware. The kiln of Daniel Seagle was excavated in the winter of 1987-1988 by archaelogist Linda Carnes-McNaughton. The evidence from the kiln excavation gives a glimpse into the technical world of Seagle’s pottery making, as well as reveals the large cross-draft, or “groundhog,” kiln that Seagle used to fire his pottery.

Harpe, Jason and Brian Dedmond.”Valley Ablaze: Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley.” Conover, NC: Goosepen Studio & Press, 2012.

Nash, John. “”Daniel Seagle and James F. Seagle.” In POTTERS OF THE CATAWBA VALLEY, edited by Daisy Wade Bridges, vol IV of Journal of Studies: Ceramic Circle of Charlotte, 16. Charlotte, NC: Mint Museum, 1980.

Credit Line:
Loan courtesy of Beverly Ownes Jaynes