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Photo by Rob Karosis © 2006-2007

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.

Lanier Meaders face jug 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.


FOLK POTTERY SHOW AND SALE Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia will hold its sixth annual Show and Sale on Saturday, August 30, also marking the Museum's eighth anniversary as the only museum in the southeastern United States devoted exclusively to displaying the 200-year heritage of folk pottery. The event will operate from 10 am to 4 pm throughout the Museum and the campus of the Sautee Nacoochee Community Center, where the Museum is located.


“We will present northeast Georgia folk potters in the historic gymnasium and have studio, art and self-taught potters from the region on the grounds,” announced Museum Director Chris Brooks. “Lunch and refreshments will be available, and there will be music throughout the day. Our Heritage Site will feature the only known restored slave cabin in the northeast Georgia mountains, with demonstrations of 19th-century skills. This year we offer a new heritage attraction, a working blacksmith forge and shop.”


Featured this year are the African-American functional ware potters Winton and Rosa Eugene at the Heritage Site along with the other folk craft demonstrations.

Winton and Rosa Eugene

CURRENT EXHIBIT: Edwin "Nub" Meaders

The exhibit traces the work of Edwin "Nub" Meaders from his childhood as a son of utilitarian folk potter Cheever Meaders to his return to the craft as an adult, inspired by the decorative work of his mother, Arie. Edwin found his own path in this famous family by concentrating on the bird figurals made with turned cones in the maner of his mother. His work in wood fired alkaline glazes connects Nub to the nearly 200 year old Mossy Creek tradition, but it is his use of blue glazes in electric kilns for which he is best known.


Edwin Meaders grew up in the pottery shop run by his father, Cheever, in the Mossy Creek District of White County. All of the children in the family helped with the family business, but most went on to "public jobs" as they left home.


Edwin set up his own kiln in the winter of 1969-70 behind his home less than half a mile from his brother Lanier's shop. Hoping for the same success as his brother, Edwin became discouraged when the coffeepots, pitchers, and jugs from three firings of his small woodburning kiln did not sell as easily as expected, and for a time he abandoned the project as a "crazy idea." In the summer of 1981, however, following his retirement, Edwin revived his operation and, with initial guidance from his mother, began to produce a line of roosters, marketed by the Cleveland library in conjunction with a small exhibit of the family's wares.


John Burrison, Brothers in Clay 1983



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 cbrooks@snca.org or telephone 706-878-3300.

Folk Pottery exhibit
Folk Pottery exhibit
Folk Pottery exhibit
Folk Pottery exhibit

Folk Pottery Museum Brochure

View/download our brochure, pages 1 and 2:
Folk Pottery Museum.pdf
(8.4MB)


Around the Museum

Folk Pottery Museum Sign

Folk Pottery Museum

Folk Pottery Museum

Photos by Rob Karosis © 2006-2007

 

 
Currently on Loan from the National Museum of the American Indian

Nacoochee Bowl



NACOOCHEE MOUND NATIVE AMERICAN BOWL

 

This ceramic bowl was excavated in 1916 by the Smithsonian Institution and the Heye Foundation (Museum of the American Indian) from the Nacoochee Indian mound at the junction of Georgia Highways 17 and 75, just 2 miles from the Folk Pottery Museum, and housed in New York and Washington with other Smithsonian collections. The Nacoochee mound site dates from the 1400s, late in the mound-building culture of the Mississipians, making the bowl more than 600 years old. The bowl is now on special loan for display at the new Folk Pottery Museum. The upper portion of the design is incised, while the lower design pattern was pressed into wet clay with a carved wooden paddle.

From the Permanent Collection

Edwin Meaders figural rooster
Figural rooster,
Edwin Meaders,
White County

RV DELAY Jar
R V (Russell Vann) DELAY
(signed using his maker’s mark stamp)
Jackson (now Barrow) County,
ca. 1870

Pictured at the top of the page:

 

Top Left: Decorated syrup jug, Cleater Meaders, Sr.,
White County, circa 1920s

 

Left Below: Face jug, (rock tooth), Lanier Meaders,
his first production style, 1969

 

Folk Potters trail featured on Brown's Guide

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Brown's Guide to Georgia - Folk Potters of Northeast Georgia

The folk potters included below are shown on the Folk Potters Trail of Northeast Georgia Map. In addition, Chris Brooks, the director of the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, has provided the names of retail stores in the northeast Georgia region that sell locally produced pottery, and those are included at the end of the tour, along with addresses and contact information; they are also on the tour map. The Folk Pottery Museum also sells pottery in the Museum Shop.

Folk Pottery Museum in videos . . .
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YouTube - Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia
Copyright 2008

A short video presentation on the history of folk pottery in Northeast Georgia
and an introduction to the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia.

travelogue link

 

PBS - Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia


A travelogue by Tennessee Valley Public Broadcasting

 

 


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Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia
Sautee Nacoochee Center
P.O. Box 460
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
283 Hwy 255 N
Four miles southeast of Alpine Helen
706-878-3300 ext 307
Folk Pottery Museum Director, Chris Brooks
cbrooks@snca.org

NOTE: Please address all mail to our P.O. Box. 460
Our street address is provided for the purpose of driving directions only.

HOURS
Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 1 – 5 pm
Check opening hours on major public holidays by calling 706-878-3300

ADMISSION
$5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children.




Sautee Nacoochee Center For 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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