10:30AM - 12:30PM
Join us on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and listen to Suzanne Hood, Associate Curator of Ceramics and Glass, at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation speak to the Charlotte Ceramics Circle. Suzanne is co-author of Salt-Glazed Stoneware in Early America, which won the American Ceramic Circle Book Award for 2009. Her research has focused on eighteenth-century archaeological ceramics, Chinese export porcelain, American stoneware, and British pottery.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | 10:30 AM - 12:30PM
Mint Museum Randolph | 2730 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207
Cost: FREE for members; FREE after admission for non-members
Importation and Imitation: Salt-glazed Stoneware in Early America
Imported stoneware from Europe was present in the lives of colonial Americans from the founding of Jamestown in 1607. It was inexpensive, widely available and the perfect medium for long-term food storage. By the beginning of the eighteenth century, stoneware from England and Germany was in ubiquitous use. These two traditions became the roadmap for the development of similar products in an American context. Colonial potters were often trained in England or Germany prior to immigrating or they were apprenticed to men who were. They looked to European imports for inspiration; therefore American vessels were predominately influenced by and made in imitation of English and German goods. This lecture discusses the importance of imported stoneware in the lives of eighteenth-century Americans and the development of an American stoneware industry and aesthetic.