About this artwork
Stamped with the name of its maker, Edward William Farrar, this jar is the earliest marked example of Vermont redware currently known. Although early Vermont potters favored stoneware, some continued to work in the hand-thrown redware technique through the first part of the 19th century. Descended on both sides from important ceramists, Farrar learned his craft in his father’s Middlebury pottery. This jar is unusually monumental with exceptionally elaborate decoration: the stamped bands of geometric design contrast with the curves of the green glaze swags and the ruffles around the neck. These elements, coupled with the fact that the jar is signed, may indicate that it was made as a matriculation piece to signal the end of Farrar’s apprenticeship to his father.
- Edward William Farrar
- c. 1830
- Earthenware and lead and copper glazes
- 23.9 × 21.3 cm (9 3/8 i× 8 3/8 in.)
- Juli and David Grainger Fund