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Folk potters unveil wares at area sale
Folklorist to tell tall tales
The two pieces of Washington County stoneware — a 10-gallon jar and a decorated bean pot — are from the collection of Tommy and Sheila Gandy of the Agusta area.

Folk potters representing 200 years of Northeast Georgia tradition and heritage will display their wares and share their stories at the fifth annual Folk Pottery Show and Sale in Sautee Nacoochee.

The show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, in the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia and Sautee Nacoochee Center. Admission is free at facilities off Ga. 255, a quarter-mile north of the intersection of Ga. 17 and four miles southeast of Helen.

“We’ll continue our sale tradition of having each of our exhibiting potters donate a piece and having our visitors vote on their favorite, which then will be exhibited in the museum,” Museum Director Chris Brooks said.

Visitors may attend a free lecture and image presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in the Center Theatre. Georgia State University folklorist Dr. John Burrison will highlight the heritage documented in his two books on the subject, “Brothers in Clay” and “From Mud to Jug.”

In addition to folk potters, visitors will find studio potters and craft demonstrations throughout the grounds. The African-American Heritage slave cabin site will be open, with interpretive docents.

Noted Southern recording artist Kurt M. Johnston will offer a range of American classic musical styles throughout the day ranging from jazz and blues to country, pop and rock. Johnston features keyboard, electric and acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin accompaniment to his vocal presentations.

Hawg Wild Barbecue in Clarkesville will provide food and beverages.

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