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Talking with the turners : conversations with Southern folk potters

Author: Charles R Mack; McKissick Museum.
Publisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press in cooperation with McKissick Museum, ©2006.
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This book is a folk pottery pilgrimage that finds a southern art form at a crossroads. Traveling the back roads of North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, Charles R. Mack spent the summer of 1981 talking with the potters who produced the face jugs, mugs, and plates that had skyrocketed in popularity in the late 1970s and collecting examples of their wares. He was, in effect,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles R Mack; McKissick Museum.
ISBN: 1570036004 9781570036002
OCLC Number: 61162094
Notes: "Thematic excerpts transcribed from interviews taped in the field in 1981 and preserved in the folklife resource center of the McKissick Museum of the University of South Carolina with introductory and concluding essays, complementary photography, and a CD recording of the potters' voices."
Description: xxxiii, 233 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.)
Contents: Commentary on the turning tradition --
Biographical sketches of those interviewed --
The turners talk: excerpts from the 1981 interviews. On being a potter --
Family origins and family ties --
Growing up and being trained --
Recollections of changes and transitions --
Into the business --
The distaff side --
From clay pit to pot shop --
When they turned --
How they turned --
What they turned --
Innovations in technique and style --
Glazing --
The potter's kiln --
Kiln burning --
Marketing matters --
Turner tales --
What the future holds --
Epilogue: A generation later --
Appendix: Terms and techniques.
Responsibility: Charles R. Mack ; foreword by William R. Ferris ; introduction by Lynn Robertson.
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Documents the world of southern pottery as it shifted from the production of utilitarian wares to the aesthetic realm of folk art. This book explains what it means to be a potter, to be part of a  Read more...

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"Like a pilgrim on his journey, Charles Mark travels throughout the American South and speaks with potters about their work. He captures their worlds in their own voices and offers the reader a Read more...

 
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