The potting industry of Philadelphia has a long and storied past, beginning in the late 17th century with William Crews, the first documented potter in the city. More than fifty years of archaeological research has provided incredible insight into the ceramics industry of Philadelphia, not only in terms of available wares, but also the role that Philadelphia ceramics played in the early American marketplace. Stenton’s collection of archaeologically recovered ceramics includes an important array of local redware vessels that highlight the artistry and skill of Philadelphia potters, and the everyday utilitarian wares used by the Logan family and other eighteenth century Philadelphians.
Please join us at Stenton on September 23rd as Archaeologist Debbie Miller explores the development of the Philadelphia ceramics industry in the 18th century, with special emphasis on the English and German potters who helped create the “Philadelphia style”. This study day will include a hands-on workshop investigating excavated ceramic artifacts from Stenton and Independence National Historical Park.