Raised in Clay: The Southern Pottery Tradition

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Raised in Clay is a remarkable portrait of pottery making in the South, one of the oldest and richest craft traditions in America. Focusing on more than thirty potters in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, and Kentucky, Nancy Sweezy tells how families preserve and practice the traditional art of pottery making today.

First published in 1984, Sweezy's book documents the last generation of potters to have direct contact with preindustrial pottery traditions. It ...

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Overview

Raised in Clay is a remarkable portrait of pottery making in the South, one of the oldest and richest craft traditions in America. Focusing on more than thirty potters in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, and Kentucky, Nancy Sweezy tells how families preserve and practice the traditional art of pottery making today.

First published in 1984, Sweezy's book documents the last generation of potters to have direct contact with preindustrial pottery traditions. It portrays the personalities of the potters, treating this aspect as carefully as the traditions themselves, and discusses various types of wheels, glazes, and kilns and each potter's specialty pieces. Photographs and line drawings showing potters, their potteries and equipment, examples of finished work, and step-by-step works in progress enhance the text. Sweezy's introductory chapter provides a superb history of southern pottery making. For this edition, she has added a new afterword on recent changes in the potting scene.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807844816
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Series: Chapel Hill Books Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,210,458
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Sweezy, a potter for more than thirty-five years, is former director of Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, where she is executive director of Country Roads, Inc., and is developing the Armenia Cultural Project.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface and Acknowledgments 17
Historical Perspective 19
Process and Equipment 33
Clays and Clay Processing 34
Potters' Wheels 48
Glazes 52
Kilns 60
The Potteries 80
Continuation of the Utilitarian Stoneware Tradition
Jerry Brown Pottery 83
B. B. Craig Pottery 87
Charles Craven Pottery 93
Cleater Meaders Pottery 99
Edwin Meaders Pottery 103
Lanier Meaders Pottery 107
Marie Rogers Pottery 113
Norman Smith Pottery 117
Gerald Stewart Pottery 121
Unglazed Horticultural Ware
Boggs Pottery 127
Connor Pottery 131
Craven Pottery 135
Hewell Pottery 139
Marshall Pottery 145
Miller Pottery 151
Wilson Pottery 155
Glazed Ware Developed in the Twentieth Century
Brown Pottery 163
Bybee Pottery 169
Cole Pottery, Seagrove 175
Cole Pottery, Sanford 183
G. F. Cole Pottery 187
Evan's Pottery 191
D. X. Gordy Pottery 197
W. J. Gordy Pottery 203
Hickory Hill Pottery 207
Jugtown Pottery 211
Oakland Pottery 219
Joe Owen Pottery 223
Owens Pottery 229
Pisgah Forest Pottery 235
Potluck Pottery 239
Seagrove Pottery 245
Shearwater Pottery 251
Teague Pottery 259
Westmoore Pottery 265
Conclusion 271
Afterword 273
Bibliography 277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

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    This is a well-researched book on Southern pottery, with a primary focus on North Carolina and Georgia potteries. Nancy Sweeny lived the life, interning for a pottery in North Carolina, and did a fine job of interviewing traditional potters and recording the details of their operations. This is a well-done, well-written, and well-illustrated book. It is an important book for anyone interested in Southern pottery.

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