Edgefield County is known for its extraordinary contributions to American stoneware pottery. A combination of necessary natural resources, slave labor, and good fortune helped put Edgefield on the map, and its unique history has been recreated with the help of Old Edgefield Pottery and its resident historian and potter, Stephen Ferrell.
An impressive display of jugs, pots, vases, and jars at the Terry Ferrell Museum in downtown Edgefield provides a small glimpse into the skill attributed to Edgefield District potters. Vessels were made in all shapes and sizes, but definite themes emerge when viewed together: earth-tones, alkaline glazes, ovoid shapes, swag and loop embellishments, and looped or lug handles.
Read about Edgefield Pottery in the October 2008 issue of SCIway News.