This diorama, located at the Ferrell Museum in Edgefield, depicts an Edgefield District pottery yard. The device at the lower right of the image was used to “churn” the clay and prepare it for throwing. Clay was then taken into the production facility where it was used to create jugs, vases, and pitchers. Once these pieces had air-dried, they were glazed and taken to the kiln, shown at left. Several pieces might have broken in each firing. These were tossed into a shard pile, as seen in the top left portion of the image.
The most famous pottery yard was called Pottersville. Owned by Abner Landrum, the village had as many as 150 residents – almost all of whom were slaves.