Spring 2006

Document Type



Mobile, AL



First Advisor

Philip Carr


This thesis is an investigation of the ceramic assemblage recovered from the Fly Creek Kiln site (1BA226) in Fairhope, Alabama. This large assemblage was recovered from limited excavations in a waster pile and provides insight into the range of vessel forms manufactured at the site, as well as the technological process of salt-glaze ceramic manufacture in the nineteenth century along the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. In order to place the site in context, the history of designs and firing methods used by nineteenth-century potters in the southeastern United States are reviewed. The Fly Creek Kiln site is compared with nearby potteries of the same time period, such as the La Coste-McAdam Kiln site (1BA276) and the Beasley Kiln site (1BA412 and 1BA413), both located in Montrose, Alabama. In addition, a comparison is made with the Weaver Pottery site at Knoxville, Tennessee (40KN63) to reveal similarities and differences in methods of creation, design, and materials used.