Pottery Making

Clay County History and Arts Museum

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Cherokee Homestead Exhibit

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Darrin Bark

Cherokee Artist and Potter

Interview by Tonya Carroll
Photography by Ashley Evans and Katherine Bartel

Videography and Editing by Katherine Bartel

A production of Mountain Heritage Center
Dr. Scott Philyaw, Director
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, North Carolina

In Cooperation with
Qualla Arts and Crafts
Cherokee, North Carolina

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Joel Queen

Cherokee Artist and Potter Interview by Tonya Carroll Photography by Ashley Evans and Kelly Queen Videography and Editing by Katherine Bartel A production of Mountain Heritage Center Dr. Scott Philyaw, Director Western Carolina University Cullowhee, North Carolina In Cooperation with Qualla Arts…

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Amanda Swimmer

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Louise Maney

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Louise Maney

Potter

Qualla Boundary (Cherokee), NC

"I was about six or seven when I started doing pottery," Louise Bigmeat Maney said. "When I was a girl growing up, we used to dig our own clay up here near the Macedonia church on the creek bank." She recalled that her older brother "had a sled and a steer, and he'd haul the clay home. And then we'd lay it out on the ground and spread it out and let it dry." After cleaning the clay, they used an old meat grinder to grind it up.

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Bernadine George

Potter

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Bernadine George grew up around traditional pottery making. She observed her mother, a potter, at work, and absorbed some of her instincts and techniques by observation. When, as a young adult, she decided to take up pottery herself, it was her sister-in-law who taught her to create and fire pinch pots.

George developed her pottery skills over the years, in the spare moments she could grab while working and raising a family. She became a highly accomplished potter, well respected in the community of traditional Cherokee artists.

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Shirley Cloer

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Darrin Bark

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