Inscribed: Tho [illegible] Krause / Jan 1[illegible] 1827 [illegible]
Thomas Krause (1798-1843), the son of potter Gottlieb Krause (1760-1802), probably apprenticed to Bethabara potter John Butner (1778-1857) since his own father died when he was only four years old. By 1827 when he made this bowl, Thomas was a well-trained potter and ready to embark on a career as a master in the trade.
At almost 22 inches in diameter, this vessel was probably used to make enough bread dough to create loaves that would feed a family for several days. Moravian potters rarely signed their wares, yet Thomas signed this “Tho [illegible] Krause / Jan 1[illegible] 1827 [illegible]”. The fact that Thomas signed this bowl shortly before his move to Bethania to establish himself as a potter there suggests this bowl had special significance to the young tradesman. Perhaps it was one of the first wares he made once he transitioned from journeyman to master potter.
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