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Pottersville Diorama

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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.


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6 Comments about Pottersville Diorama

Melanie WyndhamNo Gravatar says:
February 1st, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Hey AJ, Is there another segment of the documentary? If so, will you post it? I’m a SC public school educator and would love to show my students.

A.J. KoelkerNo Gravatar says:
August 21st, 2012 at 6:06 am

There is recent archaeology at Pottersville that changes all the previous notions about the operations there. Here is a 15 minute documentary funded by the Humanities Council SC – http://vimeopro.com/storylinemedia/pottersvilledoc

Dave GilleyNo Gravatar says:
February 18th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

The book, “Carolina Clay” by Leonard Todd, is wonderful. A great read if you enjoy slave history as it was in Edgefield.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
February 17th, 2012 at 8:41 am

Hi Debra! You can still purchase pottery at Old Edgefield Pottery in Edgefield – SCIWAY

Debra SmithNo Gravatar says:
February 16th, 2012 at 11:42 am

Is it possible to still buy Edgefield pottery at a location in Edgefield, SC?

Dave GilleyNo Gravatar says:
January 13th, 2012 at 11:21 am

Does anyone know if the site of the kiln in what was Pottersville can still be visited? It’s a grove of trees in a field as I understand.


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