Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery

Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery

by John A. Burrison


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Abundantly illustrated, Brothers in Clay tells the story of Georgia's rich folk pottery tradition—the historical forces that shaped it and the families and individual artisans who continue to keep it alive. This pioneering book marked the first intensive study of a southern state's pottery heritage and the first major examination of a native Georgia art form. Drawing on interviews with practicing potters, John A. Burrison ranges widely in his coverage, providing discussions of the folk potters' contributions to Georgia life and their place in southern society; detailed explanations of turning, glazing, and firing processes; and histories of the state's eight major pottery-producing centers, including genealogies of the potting families and the distinctive characteristics of their wares.

Burrison's new preface summarizes the past decade of southern folk pottery, including archaeological discoveries, museum exhibits, the appearance of important new books, and the deaths of such iconic figures as Lanier Meaders.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820332208
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 09/15/2008
Series: Brown Thrasher Books Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 8.13(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

JOHN A. BURRISON is a professor of English and director of the folklore curriculum at Georgia State University. His other books include Storytellers: Folktales and Legends from the South and Shaping Traditions: Folk Art in a Changing South (both Georgia).

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