Stephen Ferrell , above
old Edgefield pottery
...Stephen Ferrell , Master PotterStephen Ferrell
has_been interested in Edgefield Pottery for almost 35 years.His
early hobby , collecting bottles , led him to discover the unusual and beautiful pots and jugs that he
later learned had been produced in a placed called Edgefield.Ferrell , a student at the Furman University Art Department , was inspired by the beauty of the Edgefield pottery and wanting to know more about its manufacture , attended the Museum School of Arts in Greenville , South_Carolina
has published articles for the Greenville County Museum of Art
and Country Living magazine ; and continues to conduct personal research on early South_Carolina pottery techniques.
In 1976 , he
organized the first museum show of Edgefield pottery , which traveled to Gibbs Gallery
in Charleston , the Columbia Museum of Art
, and the Greenville County Museum of Art
in South_Carolina.He has served as consultant on numerous publication and exhibits for surveys , television , and museums ; and lectured on pottery at University of South_Carolina , S.C. Governor's School for the Arts , Greenville County Museum of Art , the S.C. Craft Guild Show , Greenville Artist's Guild , Anderson Arts Center , at the National Invitational of the American Ceramic Circle North American Annual Meeting in 1992
OLD EDGEFIELD POTTERY
pottery image 2 reduced.jpg ( 7885 bytes )The Old Edgefield Pottery , founded in 1992 , is the culmination of a goal of the Edgefield County Historical Society
to educate the public as to the significance of the alkaline-glazed tradition in the heritage of the arts and humanities in Southern decorative arts.The organization set_out to find a potter knowledgeable and skilled in the Edgefield tradition.
...Stephen Ferrell , after years of collecting and research , became a potter , a teacher , and a writer focusing on Edgefield pottery tradition
The Society refurbished an old building off the Town Square in Edgefield to house the project.It is the goal of the project to reestablish the pottery tradition in the country , to educate the public to the importance of alkaline-glazed pottery as a southern art form , to emphasize the Afro-American influence on this tradition , and promote cultural tourism in the community.
The Old Edgefield Pottery is located on Simkins Street.The Pottery shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 : 00a.m. to 6 : 00p.m. or by appointment.Potter Genevieve Calmes , who assists Ferrell in the Pottery , can be seen daily along with Ferrell
at work producing their wares.Ferrell
gives informative demonstrations and lectures on the history of the tradition while demonstrating the techniques of his
is also available for guest lectures.
Visitors to the shop can not only see examples of original Edgefield pottery , but also reproductions which are for sale.All proceeds from this project go to the Edgefield County Historical Society
, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Edgefield County history.
...Stephen Ferrell , Master Potter