Merry Abbitt Outlaw
A Step Back in Time: Don Carpentier and the Ceramic Workshops at Historic Eastfield Foundation

Ceramics in America 2008

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    Workshop guests may stay for free in a circa 1793 tavern reconstructed at Eastfield Village. (Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Merry A. Outlaw.)

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    Reproduction pottery may be purchased at the circa 1811 Elias Brown General Store. 

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    A misty morning walk into quaint Eastfield Village. 

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    Exterior of the 1836 First Universalist Church, Eastfield Village, East Nassau, New York.

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    Inside the church, tables are set with pots and equipment. James Mattozzi, left, and Jonathan Rickard, right, discuss Rickard’s dipped-ware collection.

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    Sherds from the Wood and Caldwell waster tip, Burslem, 1795–1805.

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    These hand-painted polychrome pearlware vessels are from a circa 1797 pottery dump in Albany, New York, and match examples from the Wood and Caldwell tip. 

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    Jonathan Rickard brought antiques for comparison to the Wood and Caldwell sherds.

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    Reconstructed vessels from the 1829–1837 Lewis Pottery in Louisville, Kentucky. 

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    Irish potter Nicholas Mosse demonstrating transfer-printing techniques. (Photos, James Mattozzi.)

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    Jonathan Rickard, left, examines an antique dipped-ware tankard from the studio collection of Don Carpentier, right.