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Vol. 1, No. 4: Southern Humor

Great & Noble Jar: Traditional Stoneware of South Carolina by Cinda K. Baldwin (Review)

by Thomas S. Edwards

University of Georgia Press, 1993

At an exhibition at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1986, I encountered a handsome alkaline-glazed pot turned in the Edgefield District of South Carolina by a slave potter named Dave. Sturdy and functional, the piece represented far more than just a useful storage vessel. With a clever verse and the able potter’s signature incised expressively on the exterior, the pot was not only a historical document, but a work of art as well. I was fascinated and wanted to learn more about South Carolina folk pottery. Unfortunately, a comprehensive collection of information on the subject was not available to the layman at that time. Now it is. Cinda K. Baldwin’s Great & Noble Jar: Traditional Stoneware of South Carolina—with information drawn from a great number of disparate sources—surveys the development of South Carolina pottery making from the discovery of suitable clays in the colonial period to the reestablishment of a folk pottery today.

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