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Jar

Artist/Maker:
Craven, Jacob Dorris
Place Made:
Randolph County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1850-1875
Medium:
stoneware/salt-glazed
Dimensions:
DIA 7 1/4; HOA 6 1/2
Accession Number:
J-131
Description:
A salt-glazed stoneware jar, known as a butter keeper, with two handles and a lid. Stamped “J. D. CRAVEN.”

MAKER: A member of North Carolina’s most prolific potting family, Jacob Dorris Craven (1824-1895) was the son of potter Anderson Craven, and the brother of potters William Nicholas, John Anderson, and Thomas Wesley Craven. In 1860, Dorris employed three potters earning wages of $21.00 per month, and together they produced 6000 gallons of ware per year. He continued to be the largest producer of stoneware in the area until his death in 1895.

Scarborough, Quincy. The Craven Family of Stoneware Folk Potters. Fayetteville, NC: privately published, 2005.