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From Mud to Jug: The Folk Potters and Pottery of Northeast Georgia

From Mud to Jug: The Folk Potters and Pottery of Northeast Georgia


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John Michael Vlach called Brothers in Clay “not only the best study of American stoneware pottery now available but also a fine model for the presentation and analysis of hand-based technologies.” The anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss noted, “Mr. Burrison has brought to this undertaking a sensitivity, a finesse, and a flair for description and analysis that entitle the book to a place among the classics of this type.”From Mud to Jug—both a companion and sequel to Brothers in Clay—deepens and enriches Burrison’s earlier study by focusing on the northeast corner of Georgia, which has maintained a continuous tradition of pottery making since the early nineteenth century. Through interviews, a census of active potters trained at the centers of Cleveland (White County) and Gillsville (Hall County), and more than one hundred color photographs of pots, potters, and their work spaces, Burrison captures the living tradition of one of the last areas of the United States where Euro-American folk pottery is still being made. The book also explores the roots and historical development of north Georgia’s stoneware tradition and includes rare historic photos that have not been previously published. The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, which opened in 2006 at Sautee Nacoochee Center in White County, is also acknowledged and described.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820333250
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Series: Wormsloe Foundation Publication Series , #306
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(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).

Table of Contents

A Foreword in Celebration, by Henry Glassie ix

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxi

1. Folk Pottery: A Handed-on Tradition 2
2. Clay County: Northeast Georgia 6
3. From Near and Far: Roots of the Tradition 20
4. Clay Cans: Two Pottery Dynasties 30
5. From Mud to Jug: The Production Process 42
6. Staying Alive: Original Uses of Folk Pottery 54
7. Changing Times: Threats to Functional Folk Pottery 60
8. New Markets: Keeping Their Hand in Clay 64
9. A Home for North Georgia Folk Pottery 86
10. The Living Tradition: North Georgia Folk Pottery Today 94

Notes 153
Books on Southern Folk Pottery
Index of Potters 159

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