NC Pottery Chester Webster Stoneware Jug
Chester Webster (1799 -1882), circa 1870s after Webster leaves the employ of B.Y. Craven and executed while he was working in Randolph County, one gallon size with double lip and having incised decoration of a hook-winged bird on a branch, the capacity within a circle at the shoulder, above the bird, allover desirable "orange peel" effect to the salt-glaze; the jug itself is a well-turned tapered ovoid form with arched strap handle. Chester Webster's early training in Hartford, CT is evident in the characteristics of this jug as well as the influence of the Fox family of potters, living just miles down the road. The jug, which was made during the most creative and productive period of his tenure, exhibits the use of an encircled stamp for capacity, not seen on his work prior to leaving Mr. Craven.
Although unsigned, the group of important salt-glazed stoneware pieces with incised decoration, have become known as the "bird and fish pottery" executed by the Webster Family, migrants from CT to NC. The small number of surviving works have artistic creations highly desirable to collectors and museums alike. The CT. tradition is reflective of his early creative training. LLAES expresses its appreciation to Quincy Scarborough for his expertise and time in conferring with us on this important piece of NC pottery.
Featured as Figure 133 of "The Webster School of Folk Potters" by Quincy Scarborough.