collection of American-Pottery Pitchers
Photo: Mark Lund

Homegrown Stoneware

Long before Tupperware, there was stoneware, nonporous vessels made from clay fired at high temperatures and salt-glazed for a smooth surface. Tucked away in cellars and kitchens, stoneware crocks stored everything from syrups to pickled vegetables—and thanks to rich clay deposits found nationwide, stoneware potteries became regional fixtures. As time went on and ceramic techniques evolved, American potteries became famous for everything from handmade wall tile to mass-produced dishware. These pitchers showcase the art and industry of nine potteries with deep roots, whether because they've been around for decades or feature designs with a home-grown history. Take your pick.
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