Jars with Faces and Pottery with Places

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Face JugOver 4,500 years ago, Native Americans along the Savannah River discovered how to create pottery, using Spanish moss, palmetto fibers and the rich clay deposits around the grounds of the Edgefield, South Carolina area. One of the most famous potters during that time was Dave the Potter, a literate slave, who created his own pottery and signed and dated each item. Dave’s pottery was known for the “faces” that had an African origin and this was his signature on the many jars and pots he created.

Many pieces of this valuable pottery can be found in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Old Edgefield Pottery is a working pottery studio where resident potter Stephen Ferrell keeps the tradition alive.

The Old Edgefield Pottery is located at 206 Simpkins Street in downtown Edgefield, South Carolina. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm. 803-637-2060.

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Old 96 District
September 21, 2014
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