John Bowman was a potter who lived and worked in Boonsboro, Maryland, in the latter part of the 1800s. The Bowman family had emigrated from Germany in the late 1700s and settled in Southeastern Pennsylvania. One of the sons moved down into Washington County, Maryland. It is that son's son, John, who purchased this log home in 1868 and established Boonsboro Pottery. . . .
The house is situated along the National Pike. . . .
Redware was made from common, low-firing clays containing iron oxides which fired to a red color. The body of this type of ware was somewhat fragile and porous so to seal the surface and make it easier to clean, glazes were applied by brushing or dipping. Redware was commonly turned on a wheel with a few simple wooden or brass forming tools. Also pieces were formed over molds.
A building behind the log cabin houses some of his pottery. I recently visited on a day when Dennis Warrenfeltz was doing open hearth cooking. To view the slideshow of my recent visit to Bowman House full screen click on the icon in the lower right corner. . . .
You can read more about the house HERE. More images of redware pottery can be seen HERE.
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