Did you know that stoneware production was a major industry throughout New York State, especially along its waterways? American stoneware was valued not only as durable, decorative houseware but also as a stronger alternative to lead-glazed earthenware (redware) produced in America before and during stoneware production.
Three authoritative speakers will bring this industry back to life, telling the story of its history, manufacture and movement from Manhattan, up the Hudson, along the Erie Canal to Central New York, then westward to Rochester and Buffalo. They will include local stoneware hot spots such as Penn Yan, Dundee, Lyons and Jordan.
The potteries at Lyons and Jordan were two of the earliest kilns west of Albany to operate along the Erie Canal. Each of these had several owners throughout their years of operation. They both manufactured various vessels made from a combination of materials obtained from their local area and via the great Erie Canal. Examples of their fine work will be presented.