About the museum
its creation and accolades
The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia showcases the handcraft skills of one of the South's premier grassroots art forms, and explores the historical importance and changing role of folk pottery in southern life.
Northeast Georgia's pottery tradition is nationally known. The Meaders family of White County was featured in Allen Eaton's 1937 book,
Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands, and was honored with a special event at the Library of Congress in 1978, when the Smithsonian
Institution's documentary film on the Meaders Pottery was released.
Shown here is a Lanier Meaders face jug.
Until the first decade of the 21st century there had been no institution devoted to
Northeast Georgia folk pottery, not even in its home area. Dean and Kay Swanson,
former owners of the Standard Telephone Company, committed to erect this museum
as their way of giving back to the people of the area.
about the founding