This J.B. Cole vase stands 9.5" high by 6.5" in diameter. It is a hand-thrown pot with an awesome glaze in a nice green with yellow spatter, very organic in its presentation. This vase is marked on the base with an impressed mark that is hard to read, but it reads J.B. Cole Pottery, Steeds, N.C. J.B. Cole's brief history is noted below. This pot is in near original condition with the usual glaze nuances common to hand-thrown vessels, like glaze bubbles and burn, skips, pinholes, grinding marks at the base edges and a couple of old minute glaze surface flecks, all of which have acquired a fine patina over the years. The glaze is killer! This pot presents like a pot from the 1930s-40s. Online sources say that the J.B Cole Pottery mark came later in J.B's career, so I cannot date it with certainty, but I will say that I cannot walk past it without picking it up, it's a great pot!

According to online sources:  Jacon B. (JB) Cole (1869 to 1943) was the patriarch of a North Carolina pottery dynasty that continues into the 21st century.  After 20 years working for other potters in the Catawba Valley and in the Seagrove area, J.B. established his own shop in 1922. Smart, energetic and ambitious, he catered to the tourist trade by supplying hand-made mass produced art pottery in bright colors. J.B. left back-breaking traditional methods for others. There was no glaze grinding in his shop; he ordered glazes from a catalog. He abandoned his early wood-fired groundhog kiln for one that stood upright and was fueled by gas. He was the first Seagrove area potter to use an electric belt sander to grind off bottom drips. He joked that the grinding marks were his signature. By the early 1930′s, his shop published an illustrated catalog and produced 30,000 to 50,000 hand-made pieces a year.  Most of the production at J.B. Cole Pottery was low-fired earthenware. It was characteristically light and thin-walled with thin, delicate handles.

In 1929, J.B. started Sunset Mountain Pottery, a line of wholesale pottery. Hand-made like all his wares, it was sold in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, 175 miles west of Seagrove and falsely advertised as “mountain-made.” The line was uncharacteristically heavy but with well articulated details. Sunset Mountain Pottery closed in 1935.

J.B. Cole Hand-Thrown Vessel in Organic Green/Yellow Spatter Glaze