“Alabama Folk Pottery” exhibition on display at AU’s Jule Collins Smith Museum through March

AUBURN – The exhibition “Alabama Folk Pottery, on view at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum through March 29, features examples of the tradition of pottery in the state dating back over 200 years.

Joey Brackner, Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, a division of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, is the guest curator for this exhibition. He will present the lecture “Southern Folk Pottery,” on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m., in the museum auditorium.

“The work of Alabama folk potters reflects the many cultural influences that have come together in Alabama over the last 200 years,” said Brackner. “During that time, the state developed several unique pottery regions and produced individual potters with enormous skill and creativity.”

The majority of the examples selected for this show came from private collections, but there are also pieces from the Birmingham Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Gadsden Museum.

Brackner’s more than 20 year of research on Alabama folk potters culminated in a book titled “Alabama Folk Pottery,” available in the museum shop, that complements the exhibition to provide a comprehensive overview of Alabama’s traditional pottery heritage.

For more information on the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu .

Marilyn Laufer, (334) 844-1486 (laufema@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)