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The Pennsylvania Dutch were virtually the only people in America in Colonial days who had a strong imaginative feeling for color and design for creative art in their households and even on such earthy objects as their barns fences wagons and weather-vanes Our knowledge of Pennsylvania-Dutch pottery is based on museums publications and artifacts Southeastern Pennsylvania has much red shale and red clay giving the Dutch potters their opportunity very soon after they had settled on their farms and cleared the land It was a practical because they needed crocks pots baking dishes and such for their food manufacturing activities also tile for roofs Very soon the Pennsylvania-Dutch potters were making platters crocks jugs and pots for utilitarian reasons Early history of ceramics reveals the existence of a number of small family-type enterprises Smith Pottery A Utilitarian Folk Craft 1 Nearly every Pennsylvania-Dutch community had its own potter The wares were made for and by common folk Early potters created wares almost entirely from products found in their local area Clays were dug from local river banks Red clay lays close to the surface and was easily dug it could be worked with little difficulty and fired at a low temperature Early potters needed only simple equipment to make redware articles for their kitchens Redware was used primarily at the table for its porosity rendered it less desirable for prolonged food storage Although most redware was produced strictly for utilitarian purposes early potters would frequently put decorative designs on their products Horse drawn wagons carried the clay to the potters shed where it was ground by a plug mill The plug mill was powered by a horse Sometimes the clay was sifted through a screen to rid it of fine stones and other foreign materials Artistically considered the ornamented earthenware of the Dutch potteries follows the lines of earliest known European potteries and its slip-decoration
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