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Four Ga. potters inducted into "living traditions"


Four northeast Georgia folk potters will be inducted into the “Living Traditions” permanent exhibition at the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia in a special celebration Saturday, January 21.  “There are three criteria for this recognition,” explains Chris Brooks, Director of the Museum.  “The potters must be trained by potters carrying on more than two centuries of traditional methods in the area; they must continue these traditions in their own work; and their work must be acknowledged as among the best quality of northeast Georgia folk pottery.”

The four potters to be recognized are:

  • · Stanley Irvin, son of Jessie Meaders and grandson of Cheever and Arie Meaders
  • · Kathy Meaders, daughter of Edwin Meaders, granddaughter of Cheever and Arie Meaders – both Irvin and Meaders trained by Meaders family potters in White County
  • · Kurt Hewell, son of Henry Hewell, trained at the Hewell Pottery in Gillsville in Hall County
  • · Jerry (Yardbird) Yarbrough, apprenticed in Gillsville to the late Bobby Ferguson

From 10 am to 2 pm, these potters will be present at the Museum to display and sell their wares and to talk with visitors.

Chris Brooks notes that in December, 2011, the Folk Pottery Museum received its fourth architectural award.  The North American Wood Design Awards gave architect Robert Cain a Merit Award in the category of non-Residential-Institutional structures.

The Folk Pottery Museum is open Monday–Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 1-5 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults, $4 seniors, $2 children.  Admission will be free on Saturday, January 21.  The Museum is located on Georgia Highway 255, ¼ mile north of the intersection with Georgia Highway 17, four miles southeast of Alpine Helen.  For further information, visit or telephone: 706-878-3300.

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