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Johnny Vardeman: Grace Hewell is gone, but her Gillsville pottery family endures
A piece by area potter Kurt Hewell.
The matriarch of the Hewell family pottery dynasty, Grace Nell (Granny) Hewell, died Dec. 1. The Gillsville pottery amazingly has operated since 1850 when Nathaniel Hewell began pottery-making as a sideline to his farming. His son, Eli, moved the pottery to Gillsville around 1900, and generation after generation of Hewell potters have continued the business.