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John Bartlam (Maker)

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Bartlam shardsJohn Bartlam, a failed Staffordshire potter, emigrated to America in the early 1760s.  By 1763 he had established a pottery making venture in Cain Hoy South Carolina where he made a standard range of mid-18th century English-style earthenwares and experimented with porcelain production. 

Fragments of underglaze blue printed porcelain were found during excavations on the site.

Teabowl fragments, John    Bartlam, Cain Hoy, South Carolina, 1765–1770. Soft-paste porcelain. (Courtesy, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology; photo, Stanley South) 


To see a Bartlam example in this exhibit click here 

For more information see

Robert Hunter, American Porcelain Teabowl  The Magazine ANTIQUES, January/February 2011  

and articles in Ceramics in America published by the Chipstone Foundation, 2007

Stanley South,  John Barthlam’s Porcelain at Cain Hoy, 1765-1770 

Lisa R. Hudgins, John Bartlam’s Porcelain at Cain Hoy: A Closer Look