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Artist: Henry Nash (active Utica, New York, 1837-1839)

Date: 1837-1839
Medium: Stoneware
Dimensions:
Overall: 18 3/4 × 14in. (47.6 × 35.6cm)
Markings: Impressed on shoulder: "H. NASH / UTICA"
Credit Line: 75th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of Vincente Clemente
Object number: 2010.40
Label Text
Two stills in the Museum's collection are presently the only known surviving stoneware stills produced in New York. Little is yet known about the maker, Henry Nash, who produced stoneware in Utica in the 1830s.

Stoneware is made from earthen clays that are fired to about 1200 degrees Celsius. The availability of raw clay and the strength and durability of finished goods made stoneware a favored material for utilitarian applications. The domestic distilling of grain became a common means of utilizing agricultural oversupply.