One Thousand Pounds Of Alabama Clay

The Samford University Art Gallery exhibit (in Swearingen Hall), “1000 Pounds of Alabama Clay” ends tomorrow! I have been meaning to get to it since it opened late last month and wanted to make it a little get-together with a friend, but this afternoon I realized it was now or never…and it was almost never because I got there around 4:30p figuring that the gallery didn’t close until 5p, but guess what!?

Well, it wasn’t all for naught because they had several pieces displayed outside the gallery in a large glass case. Pottery from about thirty different Alabama artists is included in the exhibit.
Aubrey and Jane Brown, Clanton AL:

Margaret Barber, Montgomery AL:

Tony Wright, Mobile AL:

Steve Loucks, Wellington AL:

All the clay used for the pieces in the exhibit came from Miller’s Pottery in Brent, Alabama. That family has been making pottery since 1865. If you know Allen Ham and have some of his pottery, he is a cousin of the Millers and is a partner of theirs.

The exhibit was sponsored by the Alabama Craft Council and has appeared at the Alabama Artists Gallery in Montgomery and the Kentuck Museum in Northport. It’s a two-year traveling exhibit. When I find out where it will show next, I’ll update this.

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