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Do you have a passion for pottery? Discover the talented artisans of North Georgia. Pottery has long been an integral part of the historic tradition and rich legacy of Southern Appalachian Arts and Crafts. For centuries, Georgia has been noted for its abundant clay resources. Although the state’s red clay is used for many commercial purposes, potters prefer the more localized fuller’s earth and kaolin stoneware clay. North Georgia stoneware clay fires to a soft greyish-tan. The unique clay is readily embellished with simple ash glazes or other organic matter applied during the firing process.
Vessels crafted from this fine-grained clay were strong enough to stand-up to the vigorous usage of farm life. Before metal or glass containers and refrigeration was available, stoneware vessels were a household necessity. The early “pioneer potters” that settled the area did not look upon themselves as artists. These early craftsmen simply utilized local clays to make vessels for storing preserves, grain, fermented beverages and syrup and sold or traded them with their neighbors. The majority of Georgia’s 450 known folklore potters settled along the corridor where the relatively pure clay was found. Five separate pottery centers were established in north Georgia: Sligh’s Mill in Paulding, Howell’s Mill in Atlanta, Gillsville in Hall County, Jug Factory in Barrow County and Mossy Creek in White County.Credit: Morgue File
To differentiate their wares, he dominant “clay clans” in each “jug-town” developed its own unique style and design characteristics. The time-honored traditional techniques and handcrafting technology was passed from generation to generation. Today’s potters continue to employee historic methods while adding a contemporary flair to their earthenware art. Each piece is uniquely handcrafted. Molds are never used in Folklore Pottery.
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Folk Pottery Museum Of Northeast Georgia
The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia, located in the Sautee Nacoochee Center in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia showcases the talents of regional potters and explores the historical role folk pottery has played in mountain life. A much-anticipated event, the August Annual Pottery Show and Sale attracts artists and visitors from all over the region. From functional crocks to face jugs, there will be pottery to suit everyone’s taste and decor. To tour the museum or request additional information, contact Folk Pottery Museum Director, Chris Brooks at PO Box 460, Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, 30571 or call (706) 878-3300.
North Georgia Folk Potter’s Festival
Presented each year in June, the North Georgia Folk Potter’s Festival held at the Banks County Schools Art Department, offers the original works of local North Georgia artists. Visitors will enjoy the opportunity of buying directly from the potter. Antique and local collectible pottery will also be available for sale. For details contact the North Georgia Folk Potter’s Festival, 712 Thompson Street, Homer, Georgia or call Steve Turpin at (706) 677-1528.
Visitors are enthralled with the huge collection of Appalachian arts and crafts presented at the Soque Gallery at the town square in Clarkesville. The juried work of over 100 North Georgia artists are displayed. View their creations of jewelry, folk art, woodcarvings, photography, fiber art, pottery and more. Shop for a one-of-a-kind treasure or a distinctive gift for someone at home. For further information contact Soque Gallery, 1440 Washington Street, Clarkesville, Georgia or call (706) 754.2449.
Lookout Mountain Pottery
Utilizing a wood-fired kiln and simple ash glazes, award-winning North Georgia Potter Mark Issenberg creates clay works of extraordinary beauty and simplicity of design. His work is available at his Plum Nelly studio on Lookout Mountain. When visiting Lookout Mountain, be sure to bring your camera. The view from the bluffs above Rising Fawn is breathtaking. For more information and to schedule a tour of the gallery, contact Mark Issenberg, Lookout Mountain Pottery, 3005 Plum Nelly Road, Rising Fawn, Georgia, 30738 or call (706) 398-3232.Credit: Morgue File
Hickory Flat Pottery
Hickory Flat Pottery tucked away in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains near Clarkesville, Georgia is a stellar example of the dedicated craftsmanship and artistic vision of North Georgia potters. The working studio of gifted clay artist Cindy Angliss presents stylish and whimsical earthenware that is meant to be enjoyed. All food-grade pottery pieces are microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. Both the Gallery and Studio are housed in the historic Wikle Homestead. The Gallery proudly presents the unique works of over 20 local artists including glass, jewelry, pottery and copper, fiber and wood art. For driving directions and more information, contact Hickory Flat Pottery, 13664 Highway 197 North, Clarksville, Georgia 30523 or call (706) 947-0030.
The Mark Of The Potter
Located in Clarkesville, the Mark Of The Potter, is an unusual studio offering the contemporary clay works of local featured artists. The Mark Of The Potter welcomes visitors and states, "We are the oldest craft shop in the same location in Georgia. For 43 years now we have endeavored to provide the best functional stoneware by our own potters and from some specially selected potters around the southeast and U.S.A. We are located on the Scenic 197 Moonshine Highway 10 miles north of Clarkesville, Georgia.” For further information contact The Mark Of The Potter, 9982 Highway 197 North, Clarkesville, Georgia, 30523 or call (706) 947-3440.
Copper Creek Pottery
Bringing her own quintessential approach to her creative clay works, artist Linda Stowe Woody has been turning handmade works of art since 1992. Visitors enjoy shopping in the picturesque Appalachian inspired studio. For more information and to arrange a visit, contact Linda at 28252 Morganton Highway, Suches, Georgia, 30572 or call (706) 258-7699.
A master potter for over 30 years, Steve Turpin of Turpin Pottery in Homer brings his spirited and colorful personality to his clay creations. From whiskey kegs to face jugs, each handcrafted piece is an expression of fun and delight. To tour the gallery and watch Steve work, contact Turpin Pottery, 2500 Highway 44, Homer, Georgia, 30547 or call (706) 677-1528.
Janet and Jared Kaup, the talented artists at Lifetime Pottery welcome visitors and offer a variety of classes for novices and experienced potters. Learn traditional Appalachian styles and techniques at their studio located in Toccoa, Georgia. Visitors can view their work at the studio gallery or at The Annual Toccoa Harvest Festival held each November in the Toccoa town square. For more information, contact Jared “Spike” Kaup at (770) 539-4676.
Whether your quest for pottery in North Georgia takes you to exclusive galleries, arts and crafts shows, back road studios or roadside stands you will enjoy the search for the perfect memento of your Georgia journey.