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Art In Clay Symposium: Revolution and Revelation in North Carolina Earthenware Studies

April 15 - 16, 2011

This symposium will focus on recent findings and new scholarship about the pottery traditions of early North Carolina.  

Topics and Speakers

Friday, April 15

Curator's Tour
Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware
Johanna Brown, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts, Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Demonstration:
The Potter's Art: Turning, Shaping and Decorating the Pottery of "Art in Clay"
Mary Farrell, Westmoore Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

Demonstration:
The Potter's Art: The Making of a Moravian Squirrel Bottle
Michelle Erickson, Potter, Yorktown, Virginia

Archeological Workshop:
The Loy Family: Pioneer Potters of the Piedmont
Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton, Curator and Archaeologist, Fort Bragg CRMP

Archeological Workshop:
The Moravian Archeological Context
Michael O. Hartley, Director of Archaeology, Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Evening Keynote Lecture:
Building Traditions: Reinterpreting Craftsmanship and Design in the Southern Backcountry
Philip Zea, Executive Director, Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA

Saturday, April 16

German Migration, Settlement and Culture in Colonial America
Aaron Fogleman, Professor, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

Eighteenth-Century Moravian Theology and Iconography
Craig D. Atwood, Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The Moravian Potters in North Carolina
Johanna Brown, Director of Collections, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts, Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Slipware from the St. Asaph's District: Family Lines, Craft Traditions, and Cultural Identity
Luke Beckerdite, Independent Scholar and Consultant, Editor, American Furniture, Williamsburg, Virginia

German Potters Adapting to an American Market: Making Staffordshire Teapots in Wachovia
Robert Hunter, Editor, Ceramics in America, Williamsburg, Virginia

The Quaker Potters of North Carolina
Hal Pugh, Independent Scholar, New Salem Pottery, Randleman, North Carolina

Cost

Full Symposium Registration: $250, $235 for Friends of MESDA or Members of Old Salem (Includes all Friday demonstrations and workshops, Friday night keynote and reception, all Saturday lectures, and lunch Saturday)

Friday Night Keynote and Saturday: $195, $180 for Friends of MESDA or Members of Old Salem (Includes Friday night keynote and reception, all Saturday lectures, and lunch Saturday)

Registration

Space is limited. To register please call 336-721-7360 or email MESDAPrograms@oldsalem.org.

About the exhibit Art In Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware

This ground-breaking exhibition that features approximately 120 pieces of masterfully decorated slipware, sculptural bottles, refined creamware, and faience made by North Carolina's first earthenware potters. The exhibit is the culmination of a collaborative effort that spans several organizations, and was initiated by Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC, the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, WI, and the Caxambas Foundation in Milwaukee, WI.

Exhibit Dates:

September 2, 2010 - January 17, 2011 Milwaukee Art Museum

March 22, 2011 - August 14, 2011 Old Salem Museums & Gardens

September 26, 2011 - June 24, 2012 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

October 7, 2012 - January 6, 2013 Huntsville Museum of Art

Publications:

Ceramics In America 2009
Edited by Robert Hunter and Luke Beckerdite

Volume one of the exhibition catalog for Art In Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware focuses on the rich and varied earthenware production in the eighteenth-and nineteenth-century Moravian settlements of Bethabara and Salem, North Carolina. $65.00 

Ceramics In America 2010
Edited by Robert Hunter and Luke Beckerdite

Volume two of the exhibition catalog for Art In Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware focuses on the rich non-Moravian earthenware pottery traditions of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Piedmont North Carolina. $65.00

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