The Potter's Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery

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In celebration of the way traditional North Carolina potters look at shape, color, and decoration, this volume honors the keen focus that these potters bring to their materials, tools, techniques, and history. It examines the genesis of NC's stoneware pottery tradition, traces its evolution in the nineteenth century, and looks at its ongoing expression by contemporary artists. Includes interviews with six contemporary NC potters as well as hundreds of breathtaking color ...

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Overview

In celebration of the way traditional North Carolina potters look at shape, color, and decoration, this volume honors the keen focus that these potters bring to their materials, tools, techniques, and history. It examines the genesis of NC's stoneware pottery tradition, traces its evolution in the nineteenth century, and looks at its ongoing expression by contemporary artists. Includes interviews with six contemporary NC potters as well as hundreds of breathtaking color photographs that pay close attention to the shapes and surfaces of pots.

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Editorial Reviews

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"More than an exhibition catalog; it is a collaborative work of art."
Western Folklore

"This exciting work succeeds in its mission to 'signal and celebrate the artistry of North Carolina's greatest production potters,' but this work has accomplished much more—it has challenged and tutored scholars and collectors to view the stoneware of North Carolina with a potter's eye."
Journal of Folklore Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807829929
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 606,591
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.54 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Hewitt, a British potter who lives and works in Pittsboro, North Carolina, is the author of numerous articles about potters and pottery. His own work has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and other publications.

Nancy Sweezy, potter and former director of Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina, is the author of Raised in Clay: The Southern Pottery Tradition.

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