Walnut Hill Stoneware Co. - Vintage Salt Glazed Stoneware Jar
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This salt glazed stoneware jar was wheel thrown by Iowa potter R.P. Leckband in 1979. Leckband was a potter at Walnut Hill Stoneware Company, located at Living History Farms, an open-air museum that demonstrates Iowa's agricultural history. The jar is a wax sealer, used for canning foods that are sealed by pouring hot melted wax over the contents. The rough clay body was given an incised decorative band just below the mouth. The words "WALNUT HILL STONEWARE CO." are stamped into the clay beneath the band. It was given a brown glaze and then salt glazed in the high-fire kiln. Stamped into the bottom of the jar is the mark "RPL 1979."**
The jar measures about 6 inches tall without the lid on, has a 2 3/4 inch wide mouth and weighs about 1 pound 6 ounces. The lid came with it and although it fits the jar very well, we're not sure it's original. It appears to be made of different clay and the glaze is glossy, not salt glaze. The jar is in very good condition, with no cracks or chips, just some wear around the mouth. The lid has lost a good bit of the glaze around the rim, but is intact and has no cracks or breaks and it looks pretty good on the jar. It's a nice display piece by a talented potter.
**Currently, according to their Facebook page, Russ and Jackie Leckband own New Harmony Pottery in Earlham, Iowa. They met at Living History Farms while both were working there and started New Harmony in 1991. We wondered if Russ Leckband is R.P. Leckband; we've written to New Harmony, but did not receive an answer.