Southern Stoneware Pitcher Salt and Ash Glazes
The shape of this large, handsome stoneware pitcher and its salt and ash glazes mark this piece as Southern pottery---probably North Carolina or Georgia. Our first photograph shows the two sides of the same piece, to exhibit the variety of surface textures. The pitcher stands 11 inches tall, has a circumference of 25 inches around the belly and weighs 5 pounds.
The expertly potted shapely rim and pulled spout top the long curving neck that ends in a ridge at the shoulder. The bulbous body flares out and then tapers down to a base with a narrow foot rim. The wide, applied strap handle ends in a trifid where it attaches to the neck, formed by the potter's thumb and two fingers.
The exterior is bumpy and somewhat rough and very tactile. The interior is fully glazed, smooth and shiny, and can hold a bunch of fresh daisies safely, if you're so inclined. A total of five stilt marks on the bottom attest to the weight of the piece.
There is a monogram, a "JD" in an oval (we checked it under magnification), impressed near the base of the handle. Impressive in size and created by an undoubtedly master potter, this pitcher can stand alone or in a grouping, looking great in a rustic or modern setting.