Pottery was one of the largest early industries carried on by the Moravians, a group of religious settlers from Pennsylvania and Central Europe, who settled first in Wachovia, and later, in 1772, in Salem, North Carolina. The community was controlled by the church, which owned all of the land and, at least in the beginning, hired all of the craftsmen. The first of the Moravian master potters was the influential German-trained Gottfried Aust. Rudolf Christ was one of his apprentices who succeeded Aust as master potter in Salem. Simple solid forms, like this sugar bowl with its shallow conical lid and bold and colorful slip decoration characterize their work. The distinctive decoration belies the Central European origin of the potter, in its striking alternating lines of bright white, brown, and green slip.