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Plantation Pottery: The 19th-Century Stoneware of Edgefield District, South Carolina - Wilton House Museum
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Plantation Pottery: The 19th-Century Stoneware of Edgefield District, South Carolina

November 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series!

Our third lecture of the series features Katherine Hughes.

This presentation will explore the nineteenth-century alkaline-glazed stoneware of Old Edgefield District, South Carolina, a place of monumental pottery production made possible by the area’s environmental resources, new technologies, and the forced labor of enslaved African Americans. An important part of Southern art history, Edgefield stoneware tells a fully American story of innovation, art, resistance, and freedom, while still holding many questions for future scholars. We will discuss how this utilitarian ware can speak both to the forced labor of slavery as well as individual craftsmanship and artistic expression. 

Katherine “Kate” Hughes is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University, where she is a research assistant with the Center for Historic Preservation. Her research focuses on the 18th- and 19th-century material culture and decorative arts of the American South, with an emphasis on exploring marginalized and ignored histories through objects, architecture, and place.

This virtual presentation will take place on Zoom. While we hope you can join us live, a recording of this lecture will be available for viewing for one month after the lecture date.

Tickets for this event are available through Eventbrite.


November 18, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Presentation


Wilton House Museum