Welcome to Fahrenheit 2300, The Official Crocker Farm Blog

One of our goals as we run Crocker Farm, Inc. has always been to use credible, incisive research–often done in period, primary sources–to help illuminate the objects we sell. Antique American stoneware and redware have, both in the past and now, been saddled with misinformation, loose conjecture passed off as fact, incorrect attributions, and information gaps that should be filled in. We try to combat these problems as much as possible.

But besides our auction catalogs, conversations with our customers, brief entries on our website, and scattered articles in periodicals, a good, easily-accessible, centralized forum to disseminate information on antique American utilitarian ceramics simply does not exist. We hope this new addition to CrockerFarm.com changes that.

We named our new blog, Fahrenheit 2300, after the common, approximate firing temperature of salt-glazed stoneware. We feel the name conjures images of looking into a kiln as the staggering heat turns mud dug out of the earth into stone, and conveys a sense of excitement we feel whenever we see an important piece of pottery for the first time, or dig up some new information on a potter.

We plan to make this an active, frequently-updated platform for everything from brief, one-paragraph comments to in-depth articles on antique American stoneware and redware. We also think it will give us the opportunity to expand on specific pieces outside the confines of proper catalog descriptions. Above all, we hope it will be a fun way to fill a void for much-needed scholarship on one of America’s most important handicrafts.

We are launching the blog with a couple of posts already up for you to read, with more to follow soon. We hope you enjoy it.



Want to send us a comment or ask a question? Feel free to contact us anytime!

4 Replies to “Welcome to Fahrenheit 2300, The Official Crocker Farm Blog”

  1. Fahrenheit 2300 is a Great Name.
    From making Salt-Glaze stoneware for 39 years I have found most all books state that the Potteries fired to 2300 F. But the truth is most kilns fire uneven. So if you have seen a crock flaking it was underfired and a piece warped, overfired. A tan or brown color is usually oxidation and grey, is reduction (smokey) lack of oxidation. That is not determined by temperature but atmosphere in the kiln.
    Since 1979 I have fired to 2130 F and if the kiln went above 2170 the crocks would start to distort and melt. I’m just an old cesspool of info.

  2. Congratulations and best of luck with this blog! I look forward to reading and participating in future discussions. If you will be visiting or live in Massts, please look up my program schedule, http://www.piedpotter.com. You are invited to attend my redware pottery demonstrations, discussions and anecdotal storytelling about our regional pottery and brickmaking history; don’t forget to say hi!
    Rick Hamelin
    The Pied Potter Hamelin

  3. I found an old stoneware jug on the Louisiana coast after hurricane Rita. The jug has been in the Gulf a long time. How can I find how old this jug is?

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