Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Historic Pottery of the Deep South: A Symposium

Thursday, June 14, 2018

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill

101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn

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8:30 a.m.                     Coffee and Registration

9:00 a.m.                     Brief Welcome

9:05 a.m.                     "Potter Migrations," Joey Brackner

9:45 a.m.                     “Bacon Level, Cedric and Hickory Flat Communities and the Illustrious Potters                                            and Pottery Shops of Randolph and Chambers County,” Gary Price

10:15 a.m.                   Q&A

10:30 a.m.                   Break, Pottery Displays

11:00 a.m.                   "Pottery of Edgefield, South Carolina," Phil Wingard

11:30 a.m.                   “Historic Potters of Mobile Bay,” Donnie Barrett

12:00 p.m.                   Q&A

12:15 p.m.                   Lunch, Book Sales, and Pottery Displays

1:15 p.m.                    "Georgia (Folk Pottery) on My Mind," John Burrison

1:45 p.m.                     Q&A

2:00 p.m.                     Pottery Displays



Donnie Barrett began his interest in historic pottery as a young man picking up pot shards on Mobile Bay beaches.  As a teenager he knew the different eras of Indian pottery and knew the patterns of the Staffordshire potteries.  He joined the archaeological team of the University of South Alabama in the 1980’s and has activity taken part in many kiln site digs and lab work.  Pottery is an important component of the Fairhope Museum of History with two new pottery exhibits, which he designed, being installed.

Joey Brackner is Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, a division of the Alabama State Council on the Arts in Montgomery. He is the author of Alabama Folk Pottery.

John A. Burrison is Regents Professor of English and Director of the Folklore Curriculum at Georgia State University in Atlanta. His friendship with north Georgia potter Lanier Meaders led to his research specialty in folk pottery and the first in-depth survey of a southern state’s ceramic traditions, Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery. Dr. Burrison is curator of the permanent Folklife Gallery in the Atlanta History Museum and of the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia at Sautee Nacoochee. He served on the Folk Arts Advisory Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts (1984-87) and is a 1987 recipient of the Georgia Governor’s Award in the Humanities.

Gary Price and Martha Price have been collecting and researching Randolph and Chambers county folk pottery for over twenty-five years. Their research work includes finding the locations of shops and excavating the waster dumps to better learn who worked there and the type of decoration that might have been used. They have created YouTube videos on folk pottery and a map of the illustricous folk pottery shops in Randolph county and Chambers county.

Philip Wingard is a ceramic historian, a southern stoneware collector, and an antiques dealer.  He is past President of the North Carolina Folk Art Society, sole promoter of the three-consecutive year “Southern Pottery Exposition.” He has published several essays on historical southern potters, including Thomas Chandler in Ceramics in America in 2013.  In 2015, Mr. Wingard was a quest curator at the South Carolina State Museum for the exhibit Archaeological Evidence of Face Vessels Manufactured in Old Edgefield South Carolina.  In 2017, he curated an exhibit, The Poetry and Pottery of Dave Drake, at the Bascom Museum in Highlands North Carolina.  Currently Mr. Wingard is working on a retrospective of Thomas Chandler that he will curate as a major exhibit at the McKissick Museum on the University of South Carolina campus, opening August 6, 2018.

Last Updated: June 12, 2018