The Groundhog Kiln, poised on a rise near the entrance to old Pottersville, was heated up for the first time since September on December 3 as part of a weekend celebration of history in Edgefield. The weekend included the formal re-opening of the Blacksmith Shop, tours of Willowbrook Cemetery, and acknowledging the history of Edgefield pottery in this area with some handsome pots being fired in the Goldburg kiln.
The opening of the kiln was at 9:00 a.m., Dec. 7, as downtown Edgefield was getting into the holiday mood with a number of activities. Beautiful examples of Edgefield pottery were pulled from the huge oven by Edgefield Potter Justin Guy. There was a special pot decorated by Tompkins Library Director, Tonya Browder, who is also Justin’s recent bride. She “discovered” the passionflower as a decorative motif on pottery, and one of the pots held her artwork. (She says she does not throw pots, but enjoys doing the decorations on them.)