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Valley Ablaze: Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley

20 Dec

Jason L. Harpe, Brian Dedmond, and Melany Dawn Crouse. Valley Ablaze: Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley. Conover, N.C.: Goosepen Studio and Press, 2012.

Brian Dedmond, Melany Dawn Crouse, and I are pleased to announce
the release of the long awaited and much anticipated book VALLEY ABLAZE:
Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley
. Designed and published by
Goosepen Studio and Press of Conover, North Carolina, this 242-page hardcover
volume chronicles the rich pottery tradition in the Catawba Valley region of
North Carolina from the late eighteenth century to the present. Traditional and
contemporary alkaline-glazed forms and wood-fired groundhog kilns come alive in
full color photographs mixed with vintage images of potters and their work.


With a forward by Dr. Charles “Terry” Zug, and
contributions from Scott Smith, Jeff Pruett, and Barry Huffman, Valley Ablaze
spotlights over 1,000 pieces of masterfully crafted utilitarian forms from the
Catawba Valley’s earliest documented potters and face jugs of Burlon Craig,
nationally-recognized folk potter from Lincoln County who kept this pottery
tradition alive from the 1960s through the early 1980s. Also showcased is the
work of contemporary potters who directly or indirectly learned traditional
methods of production from Burlon Craig, and a new group of potters who are
continuing the tradition while adding their own unique and special adaptations
to utilitarian forms.


To learn more about Valley Ablaze, specifically how to order, visit www.valleyablaze.com.