Seagrove Area Pottery

 

In the 1800s many potters were using the clay that was found in Randolph and Moore counties to produce earthenware and stoneware pottery. Earthenware and stoneware pottery are made from different types of clay. Stoneware is fired at a higher temperature. Today many potters are still making hand-made pottery in the Seagrove area.

 

What is this?
This is a really LARGE jar that will hold 15 gallons of liquid. That's a lot of liquid! Imagine 15 one-gallon milk jugs!

Who made it?
John A Craven made this around 1855.

Fun fact!
This jar is as tall as a baseball bat and as big around as a kickball. It is 26 inches tall and 51 inches around. John Craven had to use a lot of clay and be a strong man to make this jar.

 
     

 

What is this?
This is a three-gallon storage jar.

Who made it?
Ruffin Cole made this jar in the early 1900s.

Fun fact!
Notice this jug has two handles. A two handled jug usually held heavy liquids like syrup, honey, or molasses. A one handled jug held lighter liquids.

 

     

 

What is this?
This is a storage jug.

Who made it?
Enoch Spinks Craven made this jug in 1860.

Fun fact!
Notice this jug has one handle. It probably was used to hold homemade "spirits."