Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware

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  • 5 E. Edenton St.
    Raleigh NC 27601


Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware will celebrate the achievements of earthenware potters during the 18th and 19th centuries. This landmark exhibition showcases nearly 200 objects made by Piedmont potters.

Among the most masterful items are slipware dishes created by Moravian potters at Salem and Bethabara (in present-day Forsyth County) and by contemporary Germanic and British craftspeople in other areas of the Piedmont region. Art in Clay features pottery from distinguished public and private collections.

During the last half of the 18th century, potters of European and British descent introduced a variety of Old World ceramic traditions to the Carolina backcountry. These highly skilled craftsmen transformed clay into slipware dishes with designs reminiscent of 17th-century flower paintings; into pots and jars with vibrant abstract motifs; and into a menagerie of sculptural forms depicting owls, foxes and other creatures familiar to early settlers.

In addition to the Moravian earthenware tradition, Art in Clay reveals the contributions of Piedmont potters who worked outside the Moravian communities.

For the younger set, Art in Clay will include a hands-on area with age-appropriate activities. Children will create their own designs, learn how pottery is made, and more.

A variety of educational programs for all ages will complement the exhibit. These offerings will include Artist at Work programs featuring North Carolina potters, a lecture and children’s programs.

Admission: Ages 18+: $10; Seniors/Active Military/College Students: $8; Children 5-17: $5

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35° 46' 54.84" / Longitude: -78° 38' 18.5994"


5 E. Edenton St. Raleigh NC 27601

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