Photo courtesy of Case Antiques
A jar by potter John Alexander Lowe (1833-1902) set a record for Tennessee pottery at a Case Antiques Auction on Sept. 27, 2008. Estimated at $12,000-$18,000, the redware jar soared to $63,000, selling to a collector.
John Case said at the time that state archaeologists dug up pottery shards bearing Lowe’s name at a site in Greene County, TN, several years ago. The pottery site attributed to Lowe was located and excavated near the Harmon Cemetery near Blue Springs in the 1990s, with thousands of shards recovered. However, the circa 1860 jar, with extruded handles, incised decoration at the handle attachments and stamped name circling its shoulders, is the only known intact piece of Lowe’s pottery to ever surface.
I found an informative article about Great Road Pottery on the Blue Ridge Institute site. Please be sure to read this article and click "next pages" on the right side because the article is several page long and there are lots of great photos and information about the pottery of that region. I was reminded of present day potter's work such as Peter Gregory, Mark and Meredith Heywood, and Michael Kline, while looking at the photos in this article. How about you, are you reminded of potters of today while looking at pottery of yesterday?
Well I'm off to do more research on new places to live, like the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee, which is what led me to learn about Great Road Pottery in the first place.