Table wares are generally noted as being made during and shortly after the Civil War because of poor access to other goods. However, scholar Dale Couch notes that the pottery made in Western South Carolina and in Georgia defies this notion as table wares are commonly found and manufactured by many potters in the second quarter of the 19th-century.
MAKERS: Jonathan Dial and William Ferguson are intricately connected to a large web of potter families and traditions with roots in South Carolina. Charles H. Ferguson, the father of William Ferguson, worked in the pottery manufacturing area of Edgefield, South Carolina before movng to Georgia. His relocation to Georgia began a dynasty of pottery manufacturers, including his son. William Ferguson and Jonathan Dial began their business partnership the late 1850s.
Burrison, John A. “Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery.” Athens, GA: UGA Press, 1995.