Western North Carolina Pottery from the Asheville Art Museum

April 19, 2017 - April 3, 2018

As an industry, pottery has thrived in Western North Carolina for over a century. Whereas it first filled functional needs and was produced for storage, pottery emerged as an art form in the region around the rise of the Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of the 20th century. As more homes adopted glass and plastic containers instead of ceramic vessels, potters turned their attention to the production of more artistic wares.

This pop-up exhibition includes ceramics by Oscar L. Bachelder, Thomas Throckmorton, Walter B. Stephen, Bacia Edelman, Julie Larson, Michael Sherrill, and others. Whether working alone or with collaborators, these artists exemplify the diversity of approaches to Art Pottery in Western North Carolina that continues today. Their works are just a small selection from the ceramics collection of the Asheville Art Museum, which consists of over 500 ceramic objects of both utilitarian and sculptural forms.

We are grateful to the State Employees’ Credit Union and its members for their generous support of the Asheville Art Museum.

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Art Break | December 8, 12:00 p.m.

Exhibition History

  • October 6, 2017 – April 3, 2018: State Employees’ Credit Union (8 Monticello Road, Weaverville 28787)
  • July 12 – October 4, 2017: State Employees’ Credit Union (701 Broadway, Asheville 28804)
  • April 19 – July 11, 2017: State Employees’ Credit Union (1310 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 28803)
View selected works in the exhibition »