Thursday, July 19, 2012

Decker Tennessee Pottery

 Last week while in Tennessee with the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts I had the pleasure of going to the Tennessee State Museum and seeing the shop items from the Charles Decker pottery shop from the Keystone Pottery in the Nolichucky Valley of Tennessee. The pottery operated in the last quarter of the nineteenth-century into the early twentieth-century. The photo above is of the wooly bunch from the Decker pottery, with Charles Decker pictured in the upper right at the wheel.
Items from the shop of Charles Decker
 This photograph below is of the pottery shop at the Decker pottery. The chimney coming out of the center of the building is the kiln!
Photograph of the pottery shop and kiln
 This wheel below was used at the Decker pottery and was left in the shop. Luckily it was salvaged and donated to the museum.
Pottery wheel used at the Decker pottery
 Here are some tools below that were used in the shop and found at the shop. I was told that the edges fit many of the Decker pieces in the collection.
Ribs and molds used at the Decker pottery

Ribs and molds used at the Decker pottery
 These amazing pieces below were made by Charles Decker, Jr. They are advertising pieces that were placed in the yard. I was told by the registrar at the museum that when they were found they were covered in grass and vines and still sitting in the yard as they had been for the previous 100 years or so. Check out this site for more information on the Decker's and their pottery.
Stoneware advertising monuments
Tomorrow I wrap up the Summer Institute at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts with a presentation on my project looking at three pieces of Kentucky stoneware. I'll try to get some photos up and share what I have learned about these pieces in the coming week!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Off to Tennessee!

Southern pottery. Courtesy, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.
 So sorry I have not posted in some time, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts' Summer Institute has kept me on my toes and very busy! I am heading to Tennessee for a study trip into the Volunteer State, and am very excited to see really neat decorative arts, architecture and pottery! The above photo is a great display at MESDA with Tennessee potter on the left, North Carolina pottery in the middle, and South Carolina pottery on the right. I am incredibly excited to see more Tennessee pottery.
Taking apart the secret compartments of a desk. Courtesy, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.
The whole program has been really fantastic for all of the lectures on the Southern backcountry. It has also been a great opportunity to handle collections pieces. I have been working on a project related to a group of Kentucky stoneware in the collection at MESDA, which I hope to share more about in the coming week. Hope you all are staying cool, it has been in the 100s here in North Carolina!