Stoneware Pot

Paul Cushman (1767-1833), Albany, NY
Date: 1805-1833
Maker: Paul Cushman (1767-1833), Albany, NY
Dimensions: 12 7/8 H x 10 3/8 Dia. (at waist)
Materials: Salt-glazed stoneware with cobalt glaze
Marks: Impressed: PAUL:CUSHMAN
Provenance: Purchased from Warren F. Hartmann
Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, Rockwell Fund
Accession Number: 1999.15
Comments: This is a straightforward, functional pot, yet it exhibits a personality based on the color of its clay body, shape, the accumulation of salt during the firing process, the application of cobalt glaze, and incised lines and stamped impressions. Paul Cushman was one of the founders of a regional stoneware industry that spanned the Upper Hudson Valley. When he moved to Albany around 1800, there were few local potters, but his pottery works became a long-lived and successful business that also initiated a century of tremendous growth and expansion in regional stoneware manufacturing.