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Fish- Shaped Spirit Bottle

circa 1800-1829

Rudolf Christ 'Master Potter of Salem' (American, 1750 - 1833)

The Moravian settlement in Forsyth County was home to one of the first potteries in North Carolina. The community was first established at Bethabara in 1753 and later moved to Salem. The Moravians’ way of life was based on a simple faith in which daily labor, including-making pottery-was honored as a means of serving the Lord.

Another Label:
Rudolf Christ was born in Wurtemberg, Germany and arrived in Bethabara in 1764 at fourteen years old. He was apprenticed there to master potter Gottfried Aust. Like Aust, Christ worked in both Salem and Bethabara. He expanded the size of the pottery and trained many apprentices, making pottery a principal source of income for the Moravian community.

Rudolf Christ was born in Würtemberg, Germany, and arrived in Bethabara in 1764 at fourteen years old. He was apprenticed there to master potter Gottfried Aust. Like Aust, Christ worked in both Salem and Bethabara. He expanded the size of the pottery and trained many apprentices, making pottery a principal source of income for the Moravian community.

Place object was created: Salem, NC

earthenware, lead glaze

Measurements:    height: 3.625 inches    width: 6.25 inches    depth: 1.75 inches

Museum Purchase: Delhom Service League Fund and Museum Purchase Fund 1994.85

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