Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley

Jason Harpe & Brian Dedmond
Principal Photography by M. Dawn Crouse
Foreword by Charles "Terry" Zug III
Introductions by Scott Smith, Jeff Pruett, and Barry Huffman

Designed and published for the Lincoln County
Historical Association by Nathan W. Moehlmann, Goosepen Studio & Pres

Winner of an "Award of Excellence" at the North Carolina
Museums Council Annual Meeting in Raleigh, March 25, 2013.

Cloth: $49.95 | 260 pages | 9" by 11.75 " | ISBN 978-0-9793631-7-7 | December 2012

Valley Ablaze is the first volume to examine carefully the entire scope of both historical and contemporary pottery in the Catawba Valley of North Carolina, a tradition dating over two centuries old. Initially utilitarian, made and used out of necessity, the pottery has evolved with the times into sometimes decorative but always highly collectible works of art, though today’s potters, as authors Jason Harpe and Brian Dedmond delineate, still embrace the time-honored methods and knowledge of their forebears passed from generation to generation. With a foreword by renowned scholar Charles G. Zug III, Valley Ablaze’s detailed histories of the potters themselves complement historical, candid images from the archives of collectors and museums. Dawn Crouse’s vivid photographs capture the pottery-making process as well as displays of over 1,050 pieces of Catawba Valley pottery to define one of North Carolina’s and the nation’s most distinguished ceramics traditions.

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