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Pottersville, Edgefield County (Address Restricted)

The Pottersville kiln site, built in 1810 by Abner Landrum, was in existence until the Civil War when it was abandoned. The importance of this site lies in the production and distribution of the alkaline glazed wares. This type of glazing had been in existence since Egyptian times in the form of low fired wares. However, in the southern United States, at such kilns as Pottersville the technique was applied to high fired, or stoneware, vessels. This high firing made the vessels less porous and more serviceable. The jugs and jars attributed to the potters of Pottersville were in their own right fine examples of alkaline glazed stoneware and were decorated in imaginative ways. There appears to have been a migration of these potters and their ideas westward at the middle of the eighteenth century. This site is important as an example in the history of South Carolina pottery as there are no longer potters in the state making this type of ware. The Pottersville kiln site is now a large mound in a grassy field atop a hill. An adjoining depression may have been the kiln itself with the waster dumps now the mound. Listed in the National Register January 17, 1975.

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