Isaac Thomas (American, 1789 – about 1876)
Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky
From the Noe Collection, Gift of Bob and Norma Noe, Lancaster, Kentucky 2012.7.20
Beyond the Borders
Isaac Thomas, a potter working along the Ohio River in the northeastern Kentucky town of Maysville, made sure everyone knew this stoneware jar came from Kentucky. Why? Because his identity as a potter was connected to the river trade. This piece, like several other surviving Thomas vessels, found its way down the Ohio and then down the Mississippi to Louisiana. Thomas’s bold, blue statement of its origin let those along the rivers know where his wares originated.