If there's a fork in the road, take it. If I hadn't come upon a book with an eye-opening, unsourced paragraph about the Huntington Pottery, and found out the author's papers were archived in Philadelphia Museum of Art, I would never have searched the museum's website. And if i hadn't searched the website, I never … Continue reading The Tools of a Huntington Potter
A Pause for Benjamin Keeler: Connecticut native Benjamin Keeler had a short but profitable stint (1825-1827) as owner of the Huntington Pottery. Keeler "... was engaged in the coasting trade, and was also connected with a pottery at Huntington, Long Island, but during the latter portion of his life was a farmer." [Commemorative biographical record … Continue reading Lewis & Gardiner
In this enchanting tale, Georgianna Bennet Sherman recounts her childhood by the pottery. Georgianna's history is interesting and so much can be learned through her memories, but for now I invite you to enjoy the adventures of the five-year-old foster child of George and Eunice Brown, exploring the Brown Brothers Pottery in its heyday.
Pottery manufacturers, who had relied on their team of potters, or in the case of large operations, a skilled decorator or artist to brush or slip trail the cobalt blue glaze in a desired pattern, discovered that applying the blue slip with a stencil created a more uniform and identifiable decoration. This would allow less skilled labor to apply the decorations.
Samuel J. Wetmore & Co. purchased the Huntington Pottery from Jonathan and Sarah Titus on February 27, 1805 for $250.93. The partnership consisted of Samuel Wetmore (1774-1823), Samuel Fleet (1768-1823), Scudder Sammis (1764-1812), and Timothy Williams (1756-1811).
The first known document concerning ownership of the Huntington Pottery is a deed dated February 27, 1805. This deed transfers ownership from Jonathan and Sarah Titus to Samuel J. Wetmore & Co., a group of Huntington entrepreneurs that included Scudder Sammis, Samuel Fleet, Timothy Williams and Samuel Wetmore.
Before any current record of pottery manufacture in Huntington, the quality of Long Island clay was recognized by potter Adam States (his Dutch name Anglicized from Staats). States used Long Island clay to create, most likely, the first sustainable stoneware manufactory in New England.
I had grown up on the south shore of Long Island and raised my children there. By the time the last nestling flew the coop, my husband and I decided we needed a change of scenery. But I still had family on Long Island and also a family tree rooted in generations of Long Islanders. … Continue reading The Search Begins