About this artwork
Extending from Pennsylvania to Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley was a prime area for ceramic production due to its abundance of red clays. Made in Strasburg, Virginia, this mug is part of a rich history of pottery in the region; the Bell family of potters originated in the late eighteenth century. S. Bell and Sons was a maker of both stoneware and earthenware. On this mug, manganese and copper glazes produced green and brown mottled shades, which gave Shenandoah Valley pottery its distinctive aesthetic.
- S. Bell & Son (Manufacturer)
- c. 1882–1900
- Earthenware, slip, and lead, copper, and manganese oxide glazes
- Marked: S.BELL & SON, Strasburg
- H.: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)
- Bequest of Elizabeth R. Vaughan