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for Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts Vol. 21 Issue 2, Winter 1995
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Archaeological excavation and research reveal new information on Virginia’s early potting industry. The wares of Virginia potters started to appear along eastern coastal shipping routes, suggesting a change in the marketing of pottery. Excavated earthenware show a more common German form and have been documented among the wares made by the Moravians in North Carolina in the eighteenth century.
Archaeological excavation and research of the Tildon Easton pottery site in Alexandria, Virginia has enhanced the knowledge base in earthenware and stoneware through much of the nineteenth century. Research also provides evidence of competition for the Wilkes Street pottery, and a better understanding of the industry’s economics and operation in the eastern region.
In the early nineteenth century, Petersburg, Virginia was a dominant source of good stoneware clay and widespread distribution of finished goods throughout the eastern region. Petersburg was also manufactured a unique style of pottery. Lowndes pottery produced distinct stoneware adorned with high-quality cobalt decoration and script signatures.
A number of potters in the Tidewater region exported wares to North Carolina in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Virginia pottery were strongly influenced by the Germanic pottery tradition.