The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia showcases the handcraft skills of one of the South’s premier grassroots art forms, and explores the historical importance and changing role of folk pottery in southern life.
Northeast Georgia’s pottery tradition is nationally known. The Meaders family of White County was featured in Allen Eaton’s 1937 book, Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands, and was honored with a special event at the Library of Congress in 1978, when the Smithsonian Institution’s documentary film on the Meaders Pottery was released.
In the year 2000, northeast Georgia received a Library of Congress "Local Legacies" designation for its pottery heritage. The tradition also has been featured in magazines, books, videos, exhibits, and festivals such as the Southern Crossroads Marketplace at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Until now there’s been no institution devoted to Northeast Georgia folk pottery, not even in its home area. Dean and Kay Swanson, former owners of the Standard Telephone Company, have committed to erect this museum as their way of giving back to the people of the area. Collector and folk potter Michael Crocker helped them assemble the core collection on which this exhibition is based.
Winter Event 2015
To celebrate the reopening of the Center after the holidays the Folk Pottery Museum will host an open house event on Saturday,
January 17, 2015. The day will feature the work of Edwin Meaders in our current exhibit Blues with a Feeling.
Come out and see examples of Edwin's famous blue roosters in rare multi-headed varieties. Some of his earliest wood-fired works are on display along with decorated functional pieces.
Bluesman Kurt Johnston will be playing lap steel in the lobby (see the YouTube) and several local folk potters will display and sell their wares.
a Visit to Sautee Nacoochee Center Click Here
Nestled in the Appalachian foothills of Northeast Georgia,
the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association is a non-profit
organization dedicated to nurturing creativity and protecting
the natural and historical resources of the Sautee and Nacoochee
Valleys and surrounding area. The SNCA maintains Sautee Nacoochee
Center, a thriving cultural and community center housed in
a restored rural schoolhouse, offering a Folk Pottery Museum, Theatre, Gallery,
Art Studio, History Museum, Heritage Site, Nature Preserve, Environmental Studies Room, and Conference
Facilities. The Association has established Sautee Nacoochee
as an official Historic District and one of "The 100
Best Small Arts Towns in America."
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