The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is a hidden gem that truly deserves more publicity than it receives.
On a recent tour there, I was amazed at the replica of an old potter’s work area and the rugged wheel that was used before electric wheels changed the art forever.
Even if you’ve been there before, you will find new attractions and 19th century handcraft demonstrations at the 7th annual Folk Pottery Show and Sale Saturday, August 30, 2014, at the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia and Sautee Nacoochee Center.
“We have added more folk life demonstrations around the Heritage Site Slave Cabin, joining demonstrations at our new blacksmith forge and shop,” announces Museum Director Chris Brooks. “We continue to feature our northeast Georgia folk potters at booths in our historic gymnasium, celebrating 200 years of a heritage and tradition passed down through the generations.”
Art and self-trained potters from Georgia, Alabama, and North and South Carolina will display and sell their wares at locations around the grounds. African-American potters Winton and Rosa Eugene from Cowpens, South Carolina, will participate in the event for the first time.
The Show operates from 10 am until 4 pm, with raffles and contests, a new temporary exhibition in the Folk Pottery Museum, special exhibits in the Sautee Nacoochee Center’s local history museum, and two gift shops featuring work from northeast Georgia artists in a variety of media.
Hawg Wild Barbecue of Clarkesville will serve lunch and refreshments and old-time string band performers will offer music throughout the day from the outdoor pavilion.
Folk Pottery Museum Information
The Folk Pottery Museum and Sautee Nacoochee Center are located on Georgia Highway 255, 1/4 mile from the intersection with Georgia Highway 17, four miles southeast of Alpine Helen.
The Museum is open to the public Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 1-5 pm. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children.
Access to all sites will be free on Saturday, August 30.