… And Some More Stoneware Videos

We recently shot several more stoneware-related videos, and here are four of Mark discussing some rare examples. This is something we now plan to make a regular part of our website, and are really enjoying being able to add this kind of content to the internet. With that in mind, we have added a new page to CrockerFarm.com, where all of our videos are available the instant they are added to YouTube: www.crockerfarm.com/videos/

Thank you for your positive feedback about this latest addition to our website!

Mark talks about the unheard-of Bell family (Shenandoah Valley of Virginia) stoneware face pitcher.

Mark discusses “People” crocks of West Virginia and Southwestern PA in general, but specifically the two examples we will be selling on March 3, 2012.

Mark discusses the small-sized, four-handled stoneware jug (New York State origin) we are selling on March 3.

Still on the topic of New York State stoneware, Mark talks about the profusely decorated presentation flower pot / urn made by William Warner in West Troy, NY.

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Some New Antique Stoneware Videos

We shot and uploaded several new stoneware-related videos this week. We really enjoy talking about American stoneware and redware, and hope this is another good way to share that with you.

Luke discusses David Parr, one of the most influential American stoneware potters, and one Luke has spent a ton of time researching. Not ten years ago, Parr’s work was routinely attributed to some anonymous Pennsylvania potter, and anyone walking through an antiques show, shop, etc. would see tags hanging from his pots with no attribution to the man who made them. Today, these same pieces are, with frequency, accurately attributed as Baltimore pottery, and it was solely Luke’s careful work that has enabled that to happen. Here he discusses two significant Parr examples we will be selling on March 3, including the only known signed example of Parr’s work.

Brandt talks about the Philadelphia stoneware Liberty Bell mug, and the basically unknown potter who made it. Brandt’s in-depth article on the subject will be posted soon.

Luke talks about the ornate Remmey bird bank (includes an interesting, detailed period drawing of the Philadelphia Remmey shop in 1877.)

Brandt talks about North Carolina redware potter Henry Watkins and his signed and dated jar. For more on Watkins, see Turners and Burners by Charles Zug.

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Crocker Farm Meets YouTube

For some time now, we’ve been talking about adding video content to our website, highlighting certain stoneware pieces or otherwise discussing stoneware and redware in a way that goes beyond the printed word. This is our first foray into what we hope will be a continuously growing library of videos intending to educate and expand upon our catalogs, blog posts, and other content. We are still working out the kinks, playing around with different cameras, lighting, locations, etc., but we thought you might enjoy these first two videos that Mark, Luke, and I put together about some of the highlights of our October 29 auction:

(In Mark’s cabin video, you will hear him reference the famous Eberly log cabin groups. If you’ve never seen one, you can view the one that the Smithsonian owns at the following address: http://historywired.si.edu/object.cfm?ID=375.)

We hope you enjoy them!

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