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The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia invites residents and visitors to a free open house on Saturday, February 16, from 10 am to 5 pm. “We encourage particular attention to our temporary exhibition ‘Another Look at Lanier’, which shows the versatility of Lanier Meaders, perhaps the best-known representative of a 200-year tradition of folk pottery in this Georgia region,” states Museum Director Chris Brooks. The Smithsonian Institution produced a documentary film about northeast Georgia folk pottery in 1967, focusing on the Meaders family and featuring interviews and demonstrations of Lanier Meaders’ work. The documentary was followed by a Folk Art exhibition in Washington, D.C., where Lanier Meaders’ work and particularly his distinctive face jugs received national recognition. “Although famous for his face jugs, Lanier Meaders produced utilitarian and decorative ware influenced by the training he received from his parents, Cheever and Arie Meaders,” notes Brooks, “and our special exhibition presents examples of this pottery.”
Contemporary folk potters, Rex Hogan and Suzanne Reese of Mossy Creek and Mike Craven of Gillsville, will be demonstrating and selling their wares throughout the open house event. Visitors may browse the permanent collection and displays and explore regional history and browse the work of many other northeast Georgia artists in the adjoining Sautee Nacoochee Community Center History Museum and Center Gallery. Local musicians will be performing in the Museum throughout the day.
The Folk Pottery Museum is located at 283 Georgia Highway 255, ¼ mile from the intersection with Georgia Highway 17, four miles from Alpine Helen. The Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday, and 1-5 pm Sunday. Admission is $5 adults; $4 seniors, $2 children. Admission will be free Saturday, February 16.