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4 artists to be honored by Folk Pottery Museum

POSTED: January 19, 2012 12:20 a.m.

SAUTEE — Four Northeast Georgia folk potters will be inducted into the "Living Traditions" permanent exhibition at the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia in a special celebration Saturday, Jan. 21.

The four potters to be recognized are Stanley Irvin, son of Ruby Meaders and grandson of Cheever and Arie Meaders; Kathy Meaders, daughter of Edwin Meaders, granddaughter of Cheever and Arie Meaders ( both Irvin and Meaders were trained by Meaders family potters in White County); Kurt Hewell, son of Henry Hewell, trained at the Hewell Pottery in Gillsville in Hall County; and Jerry "Yardbird") Yarbrough, apprenticed in Gillsville to the late Bobby Ferguson.

The potters will display and sell their wares and to talk with visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, located on Ga. 255, a quarter-mile north of Ga. 17, four miles southeast of Helen.

"There are three criteria for this recognition," museum Director Chris Brooks said. "The potters must be trained by potters carrying on more than two centuries of traditional methods in the area; they must continue these traditions in their own work; and their work must be acknowledged as among the best quality of northeast Georgia folk pottery."

The event is free to the public. The Folk Pottery Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children.

For more information, visit www.folkpotterymuseum.com or call 706-878-3300.

Editor's note: Ruby Meaders was incorrectly identified in the original version of this story.



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