In conjunction with Beyond Utility: Pottery by Enslaved Hands, Telfair Museums will offer a lecture by George Calfas, a scholar at the forefront of research on Edgefield stoneware. Pottersville, located in present day Edgefield County South Carolina, is home to North America's first alkaline glazed stoneware vessels. At the Edgefield potteries enslaved laborers created utilitarian pottery for the marketplace. The most favous enslaved potter was David Drake, known for signing his name in the 40-gallon vessels he created. In 2011 Calfas and an archeological team from the University of Illinois uncovered the remains of the Pottersville kiln where Dave learned to be a master potter.
This lecture is free to members or with museum admission.