Pottersville: Home of Alkaline-Glazed Pottery

The Edgefield County Historical Society sponsored the creation of a brief documentary about the pottery tradition that was so important in the region in the 1800s. “Pottersville: Home of Alkaline Glazed Stoneware” follows an archaeological team from the University of Illinois as they excavate the massive kiln that produced much of the area’s pottery and discuss its economic and social significance. SC Humanities supported this documentary with a Major Grant award in September 2011.

“Pottersville: Home of Alkaline Glazed Stoneware” is a 15-minute documentary narrated by Robert Franklin and produced by Storyline Media. In summer of 2011, an archaeological team mounted an expedition to answer questions about the centuries-old kiln at “Pottersville,” now mostly hidden in a private field. The documentary follows the field team on six weeks of exploration and discovery as they learn new facts about the size and production capacity of the kiln.

The documentary will be shown at the at the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center in Edgefield, the McKissick Museum in Columbia, at regional historical society meetings, as well as on several websites. It can be viewed now on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sknq3EXxgu8&feature=youtu.be. For more information about the documentary, contact the Edgefield County Historical Society at 803-637-2233.

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