|Mark your calendars for Saturday, August
31, 2013 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for the Folk Pottery Museum’s fifth Annual Pottery Show and Sale. This year the show will be bigger and better
than ever with all of our Northeast Georgia Folk Potters featured in the Historic Nacoochee Gym, while on the grounds of SNCA local and
regional potters will display and sell their wares. Everything from face jugs to functional ware will be available at the show. Lunch will be offered
through local food vendors so come and spend the day.
Folk Potters attending: Steve Turpin, Stanley Irvin, Jessie Meaders, Kurt Hewell, Todd Hewell, Wayne Hewell, Mike Craven, Roger Corn, Stanley, Mary, and Jamie Ferguson,
Rex Hogan, Whelchel Meaders, Kathy Meaders
Studio, art, and non-Northeast Georgia folk potters: Beauty and the Beast Art, Steve Reagan Pottery, North Cole Pottery, Sean McLendon Pottery,
Tasha Biggers Pottery, Riverwood Pottery, Applewood Pottery, Mike Williamson, Skip Staab-Pinetree Pottery, Upper Hightower Pottery, Wade Franklin, Jeanie Daves,
Merritt Pottery-Lizella Clay
Folklife demonstrations: Barney James-white oak baskets, Bob Slack-shingle splitting, Paul Brown-music and stories, Ellen Scruggs Shepard-dulcimer,
The Bone family-period cooking and clothing
On September 1, 2012 the Folk Pottery Museum
of Northeast Georgia opened a year-long special exhibition titled “Another Look at Lanier”, examining the legacy of Lanier Meaders.
“We associate Lanier Meaders almost exclusively with the development of folk pottery face jugs,” explains Museum Director Chris
Brooks. “This exhibition will show utilitarian ware such as churns and syrup jugs and some with decorative elements like grapes
and flowers that were characteristic of Lanier's work but are not well known.”
In 1967 the Smithsonian Institution filmed a documentary about Meaders family folk pottery, in which Lanier Meaders demonstrated
the traditions passed on to him by his parents, Cheever and Arie Meaders. Portions of the Smithsonian film are included in the
Meaders family video shown in the Folk Pottery Museum. Lanier Meaders also produced a number of face jugs to sell in summer,
1967, in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian's first Festival of American Folklife, noted by Dr. John Burrison in his definitive
history of Georgia folk pottery, “Brothers in Clay.”
Dr. Burrison, folklorist at Georgia State University, goes on to state in his 2010 book From Mud to Jug: “The craft of North
Georgia folk pottery is now kept alive by a collectors' market. ..Although Meaders pottery was being collected as early as the
1950s, major interest in Georgia folk pottery was first stimulated by two 1976 exhibits: The Meaders Family of Mossy Creek at
Georgia State University's Art Gallery and Missing Pieces: Georgia Folk Art, a Georgia Council for the Arts traveling
show that included a broad selection of pottery.”
The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is located four miles southeast of Alpine Helen on Georgia Highway
255 in Sautee Nacoochee, ¼ mile north of the junction with Georgia Highway 17.
The Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 1-5 pm. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children. For
further information contact email@example.com or telephone 706-878-3300.