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Thomas Chandler railroad and were able to

transport wares throughout
Continued from page 10 the region. Not all American
south to Augusta, Ga., and potters had the commodity of
between 1832 and 1836 he the railroad system and
served in various capacities instead relied heavily on mer-
and likely worked with several chants, boats, wagons and the
potters in Georgia. Chandler is local economy. The railroad
then believed to be working in helped revolutionize pottery
Edgefield by 1836, since production in America in the
several of his pieces with dec- 1800s, specifically where
orative slip and dated 1836 industries and urban crafts-
have survived in the region.” men were located.
Alkaline-glazed stoneware When I arrived at the
production had been taking Chandler exhibit at the
place in Edgefield for decades, McKissick Museum, I was
but upon Chandler’s arrival instantly mesmerized by
came an understanding of the Chandler’s incredible produc-
industry learned in Baltimore, tion created in the backwoods Collection of face jugs displayed in the Chandler exhibit, along with an archae- My nephew, Jason, with a great group of Thomas Chandler objects displayed
which helped transform the of South Carolina. This was not ological artifact. Chandler made three of the jugs in South Carolina as well as in the exhibit. Courtesy of the McKissick Museum / University of South Carolina.
local business. An interesting the typical country production the artifact. Courtesy of the McKissick Museum / University of South Carolina. pieces, while others preached the McKissick Museum, I
aspect about the Edgefield that I was used to seeing in Chandler, but one was possi- Chandler and five attributed Old Testament scripture. thought about the significance
industry is that some of the New England. There were bly manufactured by an to him. In Baltimore, potters The variety of forms were of what I had just seen and the
potteries had access to the dozens of superb pots, jars enslaved African-American made similar face vessels, but quite impressive, including incredible amount of history
and jugs to see, and from Edgefield in Chandler’s Chandler’s are more life-like multiple types of jars, jugs, that this production repre-
it was evident that style. This is a subject that is and expressive.” pitchers, pans, a mortar and sents. It is not just pottery his-
the brush-applied written about in the exhibit There is certainly a pestle, bowls, pie plates, tory, either. It is American his-
iron and kaolin slip- catalog. “Chandler brought remarkable aesthetic appeal chamber pots, a coffee boiler, tory. It is Southern history.
decoration that the idea of the harvest face found in this exhibit. For flasks, water coolers, churns, These surviving pots repre-
adorned some of the vessel to Edgefield. There are instance, some of the face jugs, creamers and ring sent what was happening in
objects was refined six surviving examples from Edgefield objects reveal a jugs. The broad reach of the American South during
and instantly trans- South Carolina, one signed by swag and tassel design Edgefield production is repre- this period. They represent
formed these utili- applied in iron sented with objects made in culture, diversity, tradition,
tarian wares into and kaolin slip, Baltimore to the various con- and legacy. I was delighted to
works of art. Some of whereas a very nections in Edgefield, as well see this exhibit.
the slip even pre- similar design is as Buncombe County, N.C., As I thought more about
sented a touch of demonstrated in and the eastern part of Texas. the Edgefield wares, I realized
modernism, suggest- cobalt decorated Thomas Chandler’s Legacy that my understanding of this
ing how creative wares from Once Chandler arrived in industry had increased
some of the potters Baltimore. Edgefield, he worked with var- because of this exhibit. I con-
were in this industry. Similarities can ious pottery factories and with sider Thomas Chandler’s pot-
As I inspected also be found in multiple partners in the tery, as well as the wares
each object closely, form when com- region until he acquired his made by many of the
as well as some of paring some of own pottery shop around Edgefield potters, especially
the archaeology, I Chandler’s 1850, and he continued to the enslaved African-
Stoneware harvest face vessel made in Baltimore,
came across a glass Edgefield pieces manufacture pottery until he American potters, to be
M.D., possibly by Thomas Chandler, circa 1825-29.
case full of face jugs, to those made in died in 1854. Soon after his among the best stoneware
Courtesy of the McKissick Museum / University of
mostly made by Baltimore. The death, Chandler’s estate was manufactured anywhere in
South Carolina.
Two remarkable slip-decorated pitchers made by exhibit even fea- sold, which included over America. The use of brushed
Chandler, and a sherd decorated with a matching style tures slip-script 5,000 pieces of finished iron and kaolin slip-decora-
of slip found on both pitchers. The larger pitcher (left) is wares from stoneware and only a few tion, along with the skilled
also inscribed with Old Testament scripture. Edgefield, some pieces of greenware or unfired creativity in form, certainly
Courtesy of the McKissick Museum / University of South possibly serving pottery. provides this important
Carolina. as advertising After leaving the exhibit at Continued on page 15

Three jugs and an archaeological artifact all related to Chandler’s production in 30 W. Moorestown Rd. (Rt. 512), NAZARETH, PA 18064
Edgefield. Courtesy of the McKissick Museum / University of South Carolina.


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