Seagle School of Pottery

Three-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug, Stamped "JFS", James Franklin Seagle, Vale, Lincoln County, NC, third quarter 19th century, highly-ovoid jug with tooled spout

p4A ItemID F7966513
Scarce Two-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jug, Stamped "JCM", possibly Daniel Seagle, Lincoln County, NC, circa 1840, ovoid jug with finely-tooled spout and ribbed handle

p4A ItemID F7956730
Rare Isaac Lefevers Stoneware Vessel, (Lincoln County, North Carolina, 1831-1864), bulbous ovoid form, mottled runny olive green alkaline glaze

p4A ItemID F7949717
Rare Five-Gallon Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware Jar, Stamped "J.CM", attributed to Daniel Seagle, Vale, NC, circa 1840, finely-potted, highly-ovoid jar with delicate rim and applied lug handles

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Daniel Seagle and Seagle School of Pottery

Daniel Seagle (1805 to 1867), a resident of Vale, North Carolina in the Catawba River Valley area, founded what has become known as the Seagle school of potters. About a half dozen potters are known to have apprenticed to Daniel, making their pots at his kiln. These apprentices include Daniel’s son, James Franklin “Frank” Seagle (1829 to 1892); Daniel Holly (1811 to 1899); John Goodman, Daniel’s son-in-law (1822 to 1903); and Isaac Lefevers (circa 1831 to 1864). At least one other potter may have been associated with the Seagle school, a potter who is as yet unidentified, but known by his mark, “JCM.”

Daniel Seagle, a German settler, opened his pottery around 1824 and operated it until his death in 1867. At that time, Frank and John took on the management of the pottery, running it until the 1890s.

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