Gottfried Aust worked in the Moravian settlements of Bethabara and Salem in North Carolina. He made traditional forms that he had learned during his apprenticeship in Germany and produced some of the most extraordinary pottery in this country during those early years.
Gottfried Aust was born in Silesia (now part of Poland) and learned the potter's craft in Herrnhut, a Moravian settlement in Germany. In 1755, he arrived in Bethabara, North Carolina where he became the settlement's first potter. He moved his shop to Salem in 1771.
Place object was created: Salem, NC
Measurements: height: 12.625 inches diameter: 11.375 inchesMuseum Purchase: Exchange Funds from the Gift of Walter and Dorothy Auman, Dr. Fred Wise, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Yoder, and Bequest of Constance Leggett 2005.83
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