From Sailing Ship to Privy Pits:

The World of Ceramics in Early America

 June 21-23                                                                                                                                       Fee: $300.00 
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This year’s “Dish Camp” turns its attention to the extensive networks of the Atlantic World, where a swift moving current of goods, ideas, and political discord shaped a newly emerging American culture. Drawing from archival, archaeological and experimental breakthroughs, we explore the influences that drove ceramic production abroad and locally, as well as what inspired American consumers to purchase them. 


Long Island Red Earthenware: A Review and New Discoveries 
Were 19th century slip-decorated red earthenware dishes from Long Island made in Huntington, Greenport, or both? This presentation looks at the slip-script and slip-stamping of these potteries, as well as their similarities to the earlier wares that inspired them. Anthony Butera, Collector


A New Window on Ohio’s Early Pottery Industry 
Ongoing excavations at the Nathaniel Clark pottery site in Southeastern Ohio, coupled with a robust documentary record, have provided insight into the methods used and products created at the pottery, as well as details about the socio-economic contexts in which it operated. This offers a new window into the local and regional development of an early craft industry that would become an important economic sector in the upper Ohio River valley. 
Wesley Clarke, Archaeologist, The Castle, Marietta OH


Breaking the Chains: Ceramics and the Abolition Movement 
Recognizing that a picture was worth 1,000 words, abolitionists used ceramics decorated with anti-slavery images to raise awareness of the plight of enslaved people, help supporters identify with the cause, and to raise funds for activities.  Ron Fuchs, Curator, The Reeves Collection at Washington and Lee University VA


All Red Earthenwares are Local, Except When They’re Not 
Red and sometimes buff-bodied, earthenware pots were common props in genre scenes by Dutch Golden Age painters. Dutch settlers in New Netherland brought these types of ceramics with them to America, but when did potters here start to make Dutch-shaped pots with American clays? Pots of Dutch or Dutch-American manufacture are found on the majority of 17th century sites where the Dutch settled or traded. We will discuss shapes, functions, and possible places of manufacture of these simple yet indispensable vessels.  Meta Janowitz, Archaeologist, School of Visual Arts, New York City


‘May the Winds and Seas Be Propitious': Wedgwood and the American Market 
While exports to Europe assumed a significant portion of Wedgwood’s business, he was slow to develop the North American market. Americans believed his products were the "superior kind," but they also commented that the prices were "exorbitantly high." Did the love of cheap crockery keep Wedgwood from becoming a bigger success in America? This lecture explores his connections to the American market using objects with histories, advertisements, letters, and orders from the Wedgwood Archive as sources.  Amanda Lange, Curatorial Department Director and Curator of Historic Interiors, Historic Deerfield MA


Military and Merchantman: The Ceramics of Delaware’s Deep  
The unpredictable weather of the Delaware Cape spelled the demise of two late 18th century sailing vessels, one a British Navy sloop-of-war and the other a Dutch merchantman. The ceramics recovered from these wrecks are considered amid the shifting political winds of the time, shipboard life, and our new Nation’s demand for manufactured goods. Paul Nasca, Curator of Archaeology, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs


Slave Ships and Fingerprints: Reflections on Stoneware Collections at the Smithsonian Museum of American History 
My work as a potter is deeply influenced by early American stoneware. This presentation discusses my recent Smithsonian Artist Residency Fellowship studying the Remensnyder collection of American Stoneware. I look at early New Jersey and Manhattan potters, touching on the 1818 Morgan Slave Trading Scandal, shared motifs between David Morgan/Commeraw and New Jersey potteries, and some formal continuities with old world antecedents.  Mark Shapiro, Proprietor, Stonepool Pottery


The Mysteries of Feature 16 (and Beyond): Archaeology at the Museum of the American Revolution Site
Prior to the construction of the Museum of the American Revolution, archaeology uncovered over 85,000 artifacts from a dozen privies and other features. This presentation shares some of these discoveries, what those objects have to teach us about our neighborhood during the Revolution, and how the Museum presents these archaeological ceramics to the public.  Mark Turdo, Curator, Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia PA

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