The James Goode Collection from the Asheville Art Museum
On view at State Employees’ Credit Union (1310 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 28803)
Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30am–5pm; closed on weekends
The making of pottery in North Carolina has a long history. Native American potters are known to have made pots from the start of the 16th century, and European colonizers of the 1700s arrived with knowledge of their local ceramic techniques. At this time, folk potters produced functional ceramics for settlers, firing objects with wood kilns and using combinations of salt, local clays, lead, and wood-ash glazes. As functional ceramic vessels lost demand in North Carolina in the 19th century, artists began producing ceramics for artistic reasons. The numerous family-owned potteries throughout the state were passed down through generations, and many are still active today.
Collecting a variety of stoneware vessels was important to Dr. James Goode, who donated dozens of water pitchers to the Asheville Art Museum. In his words, he “decided to collect American water pitchers that were contemporary and from all parts of the country to show the difference in the design — the neck, handle, base, spout, texture, color… everything!”
Although the water pitchers displayed here are only a handful of selections from the James Goode Collection of contemporary American water pitchers from the Asheville Art Museum, they are strong examples of the quality and diversity of pitchers created by artists actively carrying on the rich legacy of North Carolinian pottery.
We are grateful to the State Employees’ Credit Union and its members for their generous support of the Asheville Art Museum.
- April 5–June 12, 2018: State Employees’ Credit Union (701 Broadway, Asheville 28804)
- June 15–September 4, 2018: State Employees’ Credit Union (8 Monticello Road, Weaverville 28787)