~Pitcher & Bowl Story~

~Bicentennial Project~
During the 1970's, I served 4 years, as co-leader and leader of two Brownie Troups and one year as neighborhood secretary, for the Girl Scout Council of Greater St Louis. Toward the end of the 1975-76 school year, the scout leaders of our community enrolled our scouts in a ceramic class. The classes were held at a ceramic shop, in a private home. For 6 weeks, we met each Saturday morning, to work on our projects. I chose to make the pitcher and bowl, shown in the top photo. Through trial and error and more than one oops, I managed to complete the project. Because we were celebrating the 200th birthday of our country, that year, many Americans made quilts, ceramics, paintings and other arts and crafts, to commemorate the Bicenntenial. I signed and dated the pitcher and bowl and named it my "Bicentennial Project".

~ Cowpens Battlefield~

Reading John Jakes' Charleston, this past week, prompted me to post about my project. The book begins toward the end of the American Revolutionary War.

The photo, at right, shows a monument, erected by The Washington Light Infantry, of Charleston, South Carolina, in 1856, near the final stages of the Battle of Cowpens, to commemorate the important American victory. It stands as the earliest testament to valor of the Patriotic Army at Cowpens.
I've chosen Cowpens, for this post, because my 6 times great grandfather fought at this battle. Alexander Edwards' brother, David, was encamped at Cowpens. Sixteen year old Alexander delivered a letter to his brother, telling him his wife was gravely ill. David asked for furlough, but was told a battle was emminent and no furloughs were being granted. Alexander offered to take David's place. David was permitted to leave for a short time. During that time, a pivotal battle of the American Revolutionary War was fought and won by the Americans. Alexander (my forefather) was issued a certificate for his bravery during the battle and his name is listed in the index of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Alexander's father Cader, settled in America during the 1750's. He was from Wales. Even though Cader was quite old at the time of the Revolutionary War, he served at the Battle of King's Mountain.

At the time of the Battle of Cowpens, the Edwards family lived in what is now Sullivan County Tennessee. It would be almost 100 years, before the family found their way to our beloved Ozarks.
We visited Cowpens Battlefield in 2005. There was a feeling of eeriness, as we walked through the site, imagining what had happened there over 200 years ago.
**Our family history was researched by my mother's aunt, around 40 years ago. I have a bound copy of that history. It's wonderful having great family stories to read, from time to time. I gathered information from that history for today's post.


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Oh goodness, Pat, it's lovely! What a beautiful memento and heirloom.

:-) Rosie

Beverly said...

I love your bowl and pitcher. I have a weakness for bowl and pitcher sets.

Very interesting family history. Thanks for sharing. I am a member of the DAR. Are you, too?

Deb said...

Hi Pat, that's a beautiful story, I always enjoy the history of your post. Your pitcher and bowl are beautiful also, it's looks as if it were done by a professional. I'm sure you're very proud to have made it with your own hands. Wishes for a great day to you and J. Deb

Donna Kay said...

Pat - I love your stories - you have such a way with words - I need to find out about my family history....I'm a litte scared!! HA!!
I love the pitcher and bowl set - it is lovely.
Thanks for dropping by today - yes, Paula is quite a friend!!!

smilnsigh said...

What a beautiful first ceramic project! How brave you were, and what wonderful results you got. I truly love the look of it. So old fashioned looking.

And your stories of your family history, are wonderful. I hope all the grandchildren in the family, know all these details, as well.


Andi said...

Your pitcher & bowl are beautiful Pat. The handle of the pitcher is so lovely. What a fitting Bicentennial Project.

Susan said...

That pitcher and bowl are so gorgeous! They look like antiques.
I also loved the story. I'm starting some more research on our family. My aunt Irene was the family historian but I may have to follow in her footsteps.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Pat, I took a ceramics class in the 1970's and loved it. I ought to do it again. How lucky you were to take that trip down the East Coast via the back waterways. I have always wanted to do that.... taking the various ferries etc. I think I am going to bring that up to my DH. ~ Lynn

Dana said...

What terrific family history you have!!! I would love to know so much more about my ancestory--something a bit cooler than the one tidbit I recall about a relative having been instrumental in getting a county jail built, only to be a "guest" there for a bit!!! I think it's great to have such roots and I hope you are a member of DAR! Also, I love your pitcher and bowl---just lovely. My son and his wife are "Bicentennial Babies"--born in 1976. Their rehearsal dinner had a bicentennial/patriotic theme as they were married on July 3rd. We LOVE red, white and blue!

Picket said...

Beautiful Bowl and Pitcher girl....and I love reading about family history like that....great post....Thanks for coming by the blog today..hope you enjoyed that little field trip! Take care and have a great afternoon!

Pamela said...

we share a "daughter" title. Although we haven't officially been given it.

My great something and his father fought with the New York Militia... and were captured then...escaped.

Pamela said...

ps. kinda made me weepy eyed to hear about 16 year old stepping in. Wow.

Julie said...

Thank you for leaving such a nice comment about my adventure to Asheville. Next time I go there, I plan to stay a while and enjoy the city...and go to Biltmore!

I so enjoy reading your blog. Please do not ever give this up. Your creative writting is refreshing!

I am a "Pound Puppy"...a cute way of saying I am adopted. I know a lot about my adopted family and nothing of the other. It suits me to keep it that way, although I know that others would not feel the same.

Brenda Kula said...

I cannot believe you actually made that! I kept rereading that you had and going back and looking at it. It is absolutely beautiful!

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat,
Your bowl and pitcher turned out beautifully!! I always enjoy history! You are a wealth of information.
I got married in 1976.
Great post today!!
Thanks for visiting, and I posted about the flea market today.
Talk soon,

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

What a beautiful pitcher and bowl. If I didn't know any better, I would think it's ironstone. Great job!

Sandi McBride said...

Pat that is perhaps one of the most beautiful posts I've read. My beloved Charleston...and Cowpens Battlefield...I've walked those fields many times.
Great post
(Hope this finds J doing wonderfully well!)

Deb said...

Hi Pat, believe it or not, I was going to do a table setting in my post and I came to your site early this morning for pointers. I was looking for your Back Porch post, but I came across your Set With Style post. Your settings were so lovely I have to wait until I get napkins and placemats to compliment my design, because against what you had, mine looked sad. LOL! Now as soon as I find something I will post, it won't be anything expensive but it will be nice. Have a nice evening Pat. Deb

Lisa said...

What a beautiful bowl/pitcher set. It's hard to believe this was a first project, it looks so perfect. You should've kept this hobby up!!!

Rose Mary said...

I love family history, too, and am still working on ours, along with my mother. I'm also working with my dh aunt on his family.

I do love your bowl and pitcher, too. I have one, not quite as pretty as yours, but I love the old fashioned feel it gives to a room.


OldBagNewTricks said...

Pat, what a wonderful story, what a wonderful commemorative pitcher and bowl -- very fitting... and your color photo of, I presumme, the Cowpens battlefield comes across as "eerie", "ethereal" even before I ready the story.


Millie said...

What a lovely must be so proud.
The pitcher and bowl are truly beautiful

Wendy said...

You did a beautiful job on your pitcher and bowl! And to know such history about your family is just wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!!~Wendy

Mrs. B said...

You MADE that?!? It's gorgeous! I'm so impressed!

What an interesting story! I'd love to have a book of family history like that. I bet it's fascinating! I read a book by John Jakes set in Newport, RI. Maybe I'll have to read this one too!

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

What a gorgeous pitcher and bowl.

Loved reading about your family.

Irma :)

bj said...

I loved the story almost as much as the pitcher and bowl. Both are just lovely.
I've been away from home the last 6 days and have thought so much about how J is doing. I hope all is still well.
hugs to you both, bj
ok, Pat...ya gotta send me a pic of your beautiful kitchen for my OPEN HOUSE next Monday!!!!

Elizabeth said...

I was a Girl Scout making a bicentennial project in 1976! Mine was a cross-stitch sampler that still hangs in my parents' house!
I really enjoyed reading about your family's history with the Revolution and seeing the great picture of the memorial. You also inspired me to go get Charleston by John Jakes, one of my favorite authors. Didn't know he had a new book out!

Q said...

Dear PAt,
Remembering our family history and passing it down to our children and grandchildren is an honor.
Thank you for sharing a bit of your history.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wait. You MADE that pitcher and bowl? Oh, the talent! That is beautiful! I am sure it will be a treasured heirloom. I haven't done any ceramics since third grade, but I enjoyed it and remember the whole experience even from way back then. I still have my little ceramic mug.

Happy day,

Debbie said...

How wonderful that your aunt took time and effort to search out your family history. Your pitcher and bowl in beautiful and a perfect reminder of your history.

Catherine Holman said...

As I've gotten older, history is more important to me. But, your family history is pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

It's so easy to get caught him in history, isn't it? I used to love visiting the civil war cemetary in Selma, Alabama (where my grandparents lived and are buried). The tombstones are beautiful, some covered in moss and lichen, some with the engravings fading over time. I always wonder about their lives. Did they get caught up in the little things that plague us sometimes? I'm sure they did. We look back and forget that they actually lived and felt and cried and laughed, the same as us. It's awe-inspiring when you think about it. Well, it's awe-inspiring to me anyway. lol I'd better stop before I get on a tangent about this. It's one of those subjects that draws me in for hours at a time! :)
Great story, by the way, and LOVE the pitcher and bowl set. The lines of it truly appeal to me.


Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Pat, I love your pitcher and bowl. It reminds me of an antique one my great grandmother had. It brought back so many loving memories.
xoxoxo Terrie

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I think your bowl & pitcher are just beautiful. And I loved your story, thank you for sharing.

Susie Q said...

A treasure to be are your photos. I love the history you share with us. I am a self professed history geek!

Your blog is such a pleasure...


Mary said...

What a fabulous bowl and pitcher Pat - you did an amazing job! Where do you display it?
Thanks for the history also - you made it very interesting.

Hope you get your mulching done - we were so worn out from that chore, however it did feel good mentally, and was exercise which we definitely need more of! Tell J to take it easy though, still early days. So glad he is getting his strength back - so relieved he is healthy again - hug him for me please (if that's OK with you dear friend!!).
.....and a hug to you too.

Picket said...

Hey girl...just wanted to come by and say I hope you have had a beautiful day today! Take care!

Cottage Contessa said...

I am like Beverly, and have a weakness too for bowl & pitcher sets. Yours is just gorgeous Pat! Thank you too for sharing all of this history. I am learning so much from you and enjoying the beautiful photo's you always share. Hope you're having a wonderful day sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Janera said...

Family history and American history entertwined = a beautiful picture. It's so nice to have those stories to pass along. And your ceramics projects is fabulous!

Rue said...

Hi Pat :)

Wonderful post! I love your family's story. I've been researching my family history for about 8 years now. I'm stuck at the moment, but every now and then I find something new.

Thank you for being so understanding today about both of my posts. I'm on edge and I don't do well when that's going on. I hope you really don't think ill of me.

I hope J is doing well and you are finally getting some sleep these days.


Dana Jones said...

It is wonderful that your family has preserved the history of your 6 times great-grandfather. My grandfather was a soldier in the Philippines in WWII. But that is all I know about his service. I do know he was awarded a purple heart. My great-grandmother told me that she had an uncle who was French and he fought in the Civil War. But I do not know his name or anything about where he lived or anything.

Thank you for sharing your Memorial Day blog with us. I also love your Bicentennial Bowl. I made a "string-art" picture that year for a class project of a bald eagle. I think my mom still has it somewhere.

dec0r8or said...

Hey, I took ceramics in the 70's too! But I made caterpillars and jewelry boxes and stuff like I was just a kid! I love your bowl and pitcher. It looks like some my grandmother used to have.

ChrisB said...

Your pitcher and bowl are beautiful. I couldn't have made that in 6 months let alone 6 weeks! Your family stories are always so interesting, I do enjoy reading them.

Joy said...

Wow, you did great on the pitcher!

Shanda said...

Pat, Love the pitcher, so ornate and beautiful. I had spoke to you before about possibley being nieghbors. Well, I think I might be closer to your lake house than to your home. I am about twenty miles south of I-70. I am surrounded by towns like Boonville, that is a great little historical town to visit and have lunch, especially is you enjoy antiques and privitely owned businesses.

Jeanne said...

I love your pitcher and bowl. You made it look like it is from the days of no bathrooms! I have a passion for antiques and your pitcher and bowl would have fooled me. Great job.

I also love your interesting history lesson. I could be a member of DAR but have never investigated the process to apply.

Take care, Jeanne

justabeachkat said...

Gorgeous bowl and pitcher and I enjoyed your post.

I hope J is doing well.


Grand Life said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love the name of your farm. Hope your hubby is feeling better each day. Mine is progressing nicely and hopefully we can leave for the cabin in about 10 days. Just a week late. It's still cold more often than warm here. Strange.
Love your bowl and pitcher. I used to have one like that and I don't know what happened to it. Have a great week.

Amber said...

Wow, did you do a good job on that pitcher and bowl! It looks like an antique heirloom! Well, it IS an heirloom, but you're not old enough to have it be an antique! :-)

My mother was also into ceramics in the mid-70s and I remember many a day at the ceramic shop with her. :-)

Great family history, ARE lucky to have all that info at your fingertips!

Suzanne said...

That is a lovely pitcher and bowl Pat. I enjoyed reading about your ancestor Alexander, what a great story.

Rowan said...

What an interesting post, it's great that you know enough about your family history to be able to make such a personal connection with this battlefield site. Your pitcher and bowl is beautiful, I'm lost in admiration of a lady who can produce something like that:)

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