Antique utilitarian stoneware or crocks and jugs are used for many purposes. From Colonial times through the mid-1900s, American potters formed heavy utilitarian crockery of stoneware. These useful items helped hearty cooks and farmers with everything from pickling vegetables to churning butter and transporting all types of goods from farm to market.
While some large companies were established by the late 1800s, many early potteries producing stoneware employed only one or two farmers making wares in their “off” season. They usually set up shop where clay, water, and wood needed for production were readily available. These homespun potters made an abundance of jugs, crocks, churns, bowls, and pitchers along with other utilitarian wares such as chamber pots in more limited quantities.
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