Redware Beehive Jug Seagrove N.C.
This beehive shaped redware jug was made in Seagrove, North Carolina, by husband and wife potters Walter (1926-1991) and Dorothy Auman (1925-1991), the daughter of North Carolina potter C.C. Cole. The Aumans collected local pottery, revived the Seagrove pottery industry and founded a museum in a train depot behind their shop. They began making their traditional utilitarian pottery in 1953 and continued until their tragic deaths in 1991.
This jug has a warm brown glaze, with a high, arched handle pulled and applied from the neck. It's signed in script on the bottom with the name of their pottery, etched into the clay "Seagrove." It's 9 1/2 inches tall. The mouth opening measures 1 inch across, the base is 4 1/2 inches in diameter and the piece weighs 2 pounds. Walter dug the clay for this jug, Dorothy turned it (you can see her finger marks on the jug) and Walter glazed and fired it. In excellent condition, with no damages, this jug is a superb example of the Auman's pottery.