Clay Times Three: The Tale of Three Nashville, Indiana, Potteries

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Among the many Indiana artists who have settled in Brown County, the potters of Nashville make up a distinctive group. Clay Times Three showcases industrious potters, decorators, and shop owners who have made their living in the area. Focusing on three potteries—Brown County Pottery, Martz Potteries, and Brown County Hills Pottery—the book presents local artists and their work from the Great Depression to the 1980s. Among the artists featured are Karl Martz, Becky Brown Martz, Helen and Walter Griffiths, and ...

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Overview

Among the many Indiana artists who have settled in Brown County, the potters of Nashville make up a distinctive group. Clay Times Three showcases industrious potters, decorators, and shop owners who have made their living in the area. Focusing on three potteries—Brown County Pottery, Martz Potteries, and Brown County Hills Pottery—the book presents local artists and their work from the Great Depression to the 1980s. Among the artists featured are Karl Martz, Becky Brown Martz, Helen and Walter Griffiths, and Claude Graham. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs of individual pieces, including historical images by famed Nashville photographer Frank Hohenberger. Pottery collectors everywhere will relish this delightful volume.

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Editorial Reviews

The Herald-Times
"This is a book that will encourage those who have purchased local pottery to investigate the provenance... a book antiques dealers and collectors... will want to own." —Dawn Hewitt, The Herald-Times

— Dawn Hewitt

Journal of Folklore Research
"Represents an important first step in chronicling the rich pottery traditions of Brown County, Indiana.... This book is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in Brown County history, American pottery, and the arts and crafts of Indiana." —Jon Kay, Journal of Folklore Research

— Jon Kay

ForeWord Reviews

"This visual record book would be a welcome addition to collections featuring ceramic art, studio experience, and the business of collecting ceramics." —ForeWord Reviews, January/February 2011

Indiana Magazine of History

"Clay Times Three is a guide for collectors seeking to identify wares created at the potteries, either by date or by maker. McKimmie's research, however, goes beyond pure identification and gives the reader an intimate look into the lives and times of those involved in the area's pottery craft." —Indiana Magazine of History

The Herald-Times - Dawn Hewitt

"This is a book that will encourage those who have purchased local pottery to investigate the provenance... a book antiques dealers and collectors... will want to own." —Dawn Hewitt, The Herald-Times

Journal of Folklore Research - Jon Kay

"Represents an important first step in chronicling the rich pottery traditions of Brown County, Indiana.... This book is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in Brown County history, American pottery, and the arts and crafts of Indiana." —Jon Kay, Journal of Folklore Research

From the Publisher
"Clay Times Three is a guide for collectors seeking to identify wares created at the potteries, either by date or by maker. McKimmie's research, however, goes beyond pure identification and gives the reader an intimate look into the lives and times of those involved in the area's pottery craft." —Indiana Magazine of History

"This visual record book would be a welcome addition to collections featuring ceramic art, studio experience, and the business of collecting ceramics." —ForeWord Reviews, January/February 2011

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253355898
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 1,483,971
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy M. McKimmie is a freelance editor, writer, and columnist for Antique Week.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments

1. Brown County Pottery
The Griffithses before marriage
Helen Dapprich
Walter Wells Griffiths
Helen and Walter Griffiths
Housekeeping in Fort Wayne
On to Milwaukee
Getting to Nashville
The Pottery’s first few years
Karl Martz: apprentice
Claude Graham’s arrival
A new home and help
A decorator’s story: Thelma Schrougham
Life at the Pottery and in Nashville
The war years
The later years

2. Martz Potteries
Karl Martz Pottery, 1935–1942
Karl and Becky’s early years
The Pink House
Chicago and back
Martz Studio, 1950–1961
New directions for Karl
The Bloomington years and Overhill Studio
Becky blossoms in the ’70s
Karl’s teaching legacy
Karl "retires"

3. Brown County Hills Pottery
Handyman becomes potter again
Decorator hired
Life at the Pottery
Brown County Hills designs
The later years

Index

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