September 21st - November 1st



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  Art & Tradition 


Spruce Pine Pottery

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Tennessee Valley Museum of Art

511 N. Water Street

Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Symposium: Saturday, Sept. 21st, 10am-4pm

Exhibit: Sept. 21st - Nov. 1st, 2019


"Clay without Borders: The Historic Pottery of Northwest Alabama and Northeast Mississippi"

Saturday, September 21st | 10am-4pm

free admission

10:00 am “Welcome” – Mary Settle Cooney

10:10 am “Historic Pottery in Northwest Alabama and the Context for Spruce Pine Pottery” – Joey Brackner

10:45 am “The Potters of Spruce Pine and Marie Rauschenberg Rice” - Ann Z. Wrenn

11:00 am Spruce Pine Exhibit Gallery Talk – Billy Weeks

| 12:00-1:30 pm - lunch |

1:30 pm “The Jugtown District of Itawamba County, Mississippi” - Sherry Bennett, Mona Mills, and Arlon Cox

2:15 pm “Turning Clay into History: The Story of W.D. Suggs Pottery” – Janis Suggs Dyson

3:00 pm “Panel Discussion” - selected speakers and collectors

4:00 pm - Program Ends



Symposium Speakers - selected bios


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., manager of the Council's Folklife Program and Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, has worked for ASCA since 1985. He manages a project grants program, which supports efforts by Alabama organizations to present the state's folk traditions as well as an Apprenticeship grants program supporting master folk artists who are teaching students their art forms.  Brackner co-produced "Unbroken Tradition" a film documentary on Alabama folk potter, Jerry Brown with Appalshop.  He is a native of Fairfield, Alabama.  He received a B. A. in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1977 and a M. A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. 

Ann Z. Wrenn - art historian 

Ann Z. Wrenn grew up in South Florida and spent summers with her Mother's family in Morgan County, Alabama.  As a child she developed a love of family history and an appreciation of her deep roots in North Alabama.  She attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery and has a B.A. in English and American Literature from Florida Atlantic University. Wrenn earned her Certificate in Folk Art Studies at the Folk Art Institute of the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City, where she pursued her interest in both art and family history by researching the pottery of Spruce Pine.  Her work was published in the Journal of Muscle Shoals History: Historical Narratives of Franklin County, Volume XIII, 1993.

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Event Calendar

Tuesday October 22 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Spruce Pine Pottery
Sunday October 27 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Spruce Pine Pottery
Friday December 6 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Trees of Christmas 2019
Sunday December 8 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Trees of Christmas 2019


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