Thursday, 24 September 2009

Rare Old Seagle

This is a ten gallon jar made by a potter a man named Daniel Seagle.  He lived in the Lincoln County area and was an absolutely phenomenal craftsman.  This jar was probably made around 1840 or so which is pretty insane considering I picked it up and it has almost no cracks or flaws.  Seagle had some of the best bulbous forms created in the Lincoln County region So it was  areal pleasure to be in the presence of a jar made by one of my favorite old time potters.   
I got a call the other day from a good friend who told me he was getting his hands on this amazing piece.  I told him I would love to see it so he stopped by school on his way back from picking it up.     
Here is a picture of the DS (daniel seagle) stamp on the left soldier lug handle along with some real sweet ash drips.  
Here is the other handle with 10 stamped on it.  This is because it is a 10 gallon jar.  

Here is a close up of the glaze and clay body.  Check out the big chunk of quartz.  this pot is super light and efficiently thrown.  It is pretty impressive considering the big chunky pieces of sand and quartz in there.  
When I get to see something like this I like to imagine the potter making it.  It was really great to get to feel it and hold it rather than seeing pictures.  I must say being in the presence of a pot like this one is a much more awesome experience that just looking at a picture.  


  1. Brad, everything you say is Right On! Seagle was the master!I treasure these pots and envy you for getting to pick it up and check it out. I guess we'll be seeing some ten gallon pots coming off of your wheel shortly? The other amazing fact is this pot was made on a treadle kick wheel! Awesome handles, too. what did you call them? Soldier lugs? Please explain...

  2. I think I meant to say shoulder lug handle. I call that type of handle a lug. I guess I have just heard it called that my whole life. I was so thankful to be able to be in the presence of such a sweet pot. I am sure you understand the thrill. haha.

  3. Oh and ten gallon jars will soon be kicking my rear. yes.