Folk Pottery Museum Hosts Exhibition of Cherokee Pottery

Sautee, GA





Exhibition showing from September 4 through November 1


10:00am - 5:00pm

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10AM-5PM, Sundays 1PM-5PM


Folk Pottery Museum
283 Highway 255 North
Sautee, GA 30545
(GPS is not accurate for this address - call for directions)


$5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children



On Friday, September 4, the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia will open a visiting exhibition titled Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics. The Asheville Museum of Art has assembled this exhibition to show how traditions of Native American pottery practiced for nearly 3,000 years in western North Carolina and perhaps also in Cherokee settlements in northeast Georgia have survived and are being practiced in the 21st century.

It was in the beginning of this century that Cherokee potters revived a thin-walled pottery style almost lost when the Eastern Band Cherokees were removed in the 1830s to Oklahoma. In the 20th century, the historic tradition was replaced by the production of heavier pottery, termed blackware, made by Eastern Band.Cherokees with their own techniques, and this work was commonly referred to as the traditional style throughout the century. While showing the preservation of ancient traditions into the present day, this exhibition also shows work produced by Cherokee potters who incorporate Cherokee syllabary or symbols into highly decorated and glazed ceramic works. 

“We believe this is a very exciting opportunity to display Native American pottery adjacent to our permanent exhibitions of work produced from the early 19th century to the present by those settlers and their descendants who came to these valleys and used the resources of this area to produce utilitarian ware necessary for daily life, These folk potters also carry on their centuries-old traditions, while adapting their styles to appeal to 21st century consumers and collectors,” comments Folk Pottery Museum Director Chris Brooks. 

The visiting exhibition will be on view until November 1, 2015. The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is located on Georgia Highway 255, 4 miles southeast of Alpine Helen. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 1-5 pm. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children. For further information, telephone (706) 878-3300, or visit

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