Raised in Clay
The Southern Pottery Tradition
By Nancy Sweezy
New afterword by the author
284 pp., 8.5 x 11, 8 color photos, 308 b&w photos
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4481-6
Published: August 1994
Chapel Hill Books
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First published in 1984, Sweezy's book documents the last generation of potters to have direct contact with preindustrial pottery traditions. It portrays the personalities of the potters, treating this aspect as carefully as the traditions themselves, and discusses various types of wheels, glazes, and kilns and each potter's specialty pieces. Photographs and line drawings showing potters, their potteries and equipment, examples of finished work, and step-by-step works in progress enhance the text. Sweezy's introductory chapter provides a superb history of southern pottery making. For this edition, she has added a new afterword on recent changes in the potting scene.
About the Author
Nancy Sweezy, a potter for more than thirty-five years, is former director of Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, where she is executive director of Country Roads, Inc., and is developing the Armenia Cultural Project.
For more information about Nancy Sweezy, visit the Author Page.
"Most of these artists were brought up learning the craft, and their reminiscences and professional observations illuminate every page."--Booklist
"A book with enough heart and soul to be worthy of the people [Sweezy] writes about."--Charles Counts, American Craft