Martha and I have been researching the early Pottery Shops in Southeast Randolph County and Northeast Chambers County Alabama for several years and Collecting the Pottery that was made here also, some of the Locations of these shops have been known for several years but some of the early Shops we found by on the Ground Research one of which is where Cyrus Cogburn worked on Settlement Road in the Bacon Level Community, Settlement Road just exist today as and old road bed that has not been used since the early 1900’s but by talking with the landowner and doing a lot of looking in this area we finally located where there had been and old Shop that used Alkaline Glaze and we worked at this location for the next Five Months digging up the Sherds that were broken into small pieces to see if there were any Initials on them are any decoration.

Here are some pictures of some of the Sherds we found that have a C or a C C on them which we believe this would have been Cyrus Cogburn working at this location probably in the late 1830’s, we have come to this conclusion after talking with Joey Brackner with the State Folk Art Department and Pat Keller in Georgia and Carole Wahler in Tennessee and finally getting pictures of some sherds from where Cyrus Cogburn worked in Talbot County, Georgia, the Sherds we found are very similar to the Talbot County Stamped pieces, to date it was not known that Cyrus Cogburn ever worked in Randolph County as he was working his way to Texas.

Five years earlier we had found in the Cedric Community which we think that Settlement Road went thru Bacon Level where Cyrus Cogburn worked on to the Cedric Community where Joseph Rushton and his Brothers had set up there Pottery Shop probably in the late 1830’s and made Pots at this Location we found sherds that proved that this was the Rushton Shop and several other Potters that would have worked there, one sherd was stamped J C which looking at Joey Brackner’s Book Alabama Folk Pottery it would look to be that J C would have been Jackson Cogburn which was Cyrus Cogburn’s son, so you would put Jackson Cogburn here about the same time his father was working at Bacon Level on Settlement Road, so look at our information on the Cedric Community and Joseph Rushton and you will find more information about Jackson Cogburn.

We have been Collecting Pottery from Randolph/Chambers County, Alabama for over 20 Years and have been doing serious Research for around 10 Years, The Pottery was made in the Time Frame of 1830's-1940's as Utiliterian Pots and some Decorative Type Pieces, We are illutrating some of this work and research on this site, We have Broke the Information Down by Community and under each Community we have some of the Major Potters that worked there are owned the Shop

We are always Interested in adding to our Collection of Alkaline Glazed pieces from Randolph/Chambers County, Alabama so Contact us if you have something you would be interested in Selling

Gary & Martha Price
10840 Cragford Road
Cragford, Al. 36255

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