Old Edgefield Pottery – Edgefield, South Carolina


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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.

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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.

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Read about Edgefield Pottery in the October 2008 issue of SCIway News.

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Address: 230 Simpkins Street, Edgefield, SC 29824
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Edgefield-Pottery/126624047392961

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8 Comments about Old Edgefield Pottery

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
January 24th, 2014 at 8:17 am

Hi, John. There is a link to the Edgefield Pottery Facebook page at the top of the map. Hopefully, you can reach someone there. Best of luck!

John WilsonNo Gravatar says:
January 22nd, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I emailed you last week regarding some Edgefield pottery that is in my mother’s estate. I need to have it appraised. Can you help?

John Wilson

JulieNo Gravatar says:
July 19th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Re: Edgefield

Hi! I am interested in viewing some pottery created by Dave. My son and I recently came across a children’s book about him and his pottery and we are going to be in South Carolina next month. I thought it would be a neat stop on the way to Myrtle Beach. Do you have Dave’s pottery on display for visitors? Thank you!

Millers Pond PotteryNo Gravatar says:
March 3rd, 2013 at 9:12 am

Living in the harmony district of Edgefield County, completing both pottery programs at Piedmont Tech. It is so great to be part of such important pottery history. Justin Guy, a previous contributor to this comment sheet, is now the Master Potter of the Old Edgefield Pottery assuring the history of Edgefield Pottery to continue. Thanks, Justin!

Lowcountry ReaderNo Gravatar says:
December 18th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Both Stephen Ferrell (with his skill and wealth of knowledge) and the Piedmont Pottery are well worth visiting. I enjoyed both. Each creates unique and varied pieces. Just regret I don’t have easy access to participate in the Tech program.

Justin GuyNo Gravatar says:
February 9th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Hey Jeanette,
If you happen to be in the Edgefield area, the Piedmont Pottery Program on main street offers many different classes on everything from decorative pottery to tool making. If you are too far away however I might suggest an excellent book by Jo Connell called “The Potter’s Guide to Ceramic Surfaces.” There are enough ideas in there to keep you creating for a while. Best of luck!

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 6th, 2010 at 8:03 am

Hi Jeanette! SCIWAY visited Old Edgefield Pottery in October 2008 (see our article about Edgefield Pottery) and it was a wonderful experience. Dave has a lot of insight and information to share, so you could try visiting him at his shop in Edgefield. Maybe another SCIWAY visitor will be able to provide more ideas!

Jeanette JohnsonNo Gravatar says:
September 5th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Hey, I am a stay at home mom that likes to do pottery. I did some work in college but want to start at my home. I am looking for some ideas to get started. Do you have any suggestion?






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