#6 Soda Fired Amber Glazed Brandywine Pot
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The inspiration for this pot comes from Colonial Williamsburg's collection of early American pottery, and is a rare commemorative flowerpot which was handed down as a family heirloom.
Late 18th century and early 19th century potters of Chester County, Pennsylvania, occasionally made "fancy flowerpots" which were inscribed with a family name, or to commemorate a special event.
The pot that inspired my piece, was made for Elizabeth Canby in 1825, by Chester County potter, Enos Smedley, and inscribed with her name, and the name of her home, Brandywine, in Wilmington, Delaware. Not many examples of 18th and early 19th century flowerpots exist, due to seasonal wear and tear, and the fact that they were made of earthenware, which is more fragile than the higher fired stoneware, which was used for household crocks and jugs.
I love the full and graceful form of the original piece, and tried to put my own touch on the design, without copying it exactly. I've made it with an attached saucer, but gave it a crimped base, which gives the illusion of the pot sitting on a separate saucer.
This rare example of a fancy flowerpot was handed down in the Canby family, passing through four generations, eventually being gifted to Colonial Williamsburg in 1983 by Beatrix T. Rumford, the great-great-great niece of Elizabeth Canby.
- Hand Thrown in Rockdale, Wisconsin
- The number on each pot denotes how many pounds of wet clay were used on the wheel.
- Fired to 2350° F
- Soda fired stoneware glaze
- Drainage hole allows for direct planting.
- For indoor and outdoor use, but not frost proof; store inside during winter months
- Price Includes UPS or USPS shipping to the Continental USA
- Since each pot is made by hand, and fired in a soda atmosphere, variations in size and color are to be expected.
- Dimensions (In)
8" Top Diameter x 8.5" Tall
- Care Guide
Handthrown in Rockdale, Wisconsin Fired to 2350 degrees Fahrenheit Soda fired stoneware glaze Drainage hole allows for direct planting. For indoor and outdoor use, but not frost proof; store inside during winter months Price Includes UPS or USPS shipping to the Continental USA