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Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes: American Stoneware Production in New York State

September 26, 2019, 7:00 pm -

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Join the Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes to learn about American stoneware production from Manhattan through Buffalo. Expert information will be presented by Frank Bergevin, Christina Champion and Paul Brady. Stoneware production was a major industry throughout New York State in the 19th century, especially along the waterways. American stoneware was valued not only as durable, decorative housewares but also as a stronger alternative to lead-glazed earthenware (redware) produced in America before and during stoneware production.

Three authoritative speakers will bring this industry back to life, telling the story of its history, manufacture, and movement from Manhattan, up the Hudson, along the Erie Canal to Central New York, then westward to Rochester and Buffalo. They will include local stoneware hot spots such as Penn Yan, Dundee, Lyons, and Jordan. The potteries at Lyons and Jordan were two of the earliest kilns west of Albany to operate along the Erie Canal. Each of these had several owners throughout their years of operation. They both manufactured various vessels made from a combination of materials obtained from their local area and brought in via the Erie Canal. Examples of their fine work will be presented.

This program is free and open to the public.

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