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Sewn and Thrown: Traditional Quilts and Folk Pottery from Alabama’s Black Belt Exhibit
May 11 - June 25
Library: Central Library
Category: Exhibits,History & Heritage,Visual Arts
Audience: Mixed Ages
Cost: Free and open to the public during library hours
Room/Department: First floor exhibit cases/Fourth Floor Gallery
Community Partnership: Alabama Folklife Association
Featuring quilts by master artists from Gee’s Bend and works by Miller’s Pottery of Brent and Ham Pottery of Selma, the Sewn and Thrown: Traditional Quilts and Folk Pottery from Alabama’s Black Belt exhibit will present two living traditions of the region.
Acclaimed nationally and internationally, the Gee’s Bend quilters are continuing the tradition through their families and community. Sixteen quilts by different women, some of whom will be exhibiting for the first time, will represent the amazing colors and innovative techniques often associated with the textiles produced by several generations over the years.
Folk potter Steve Miller and his cousin Allen Ham grew up working alongside Steve’s father, Eric Miller, in the workplace and shop on Highway 5 in Bibb County. Featured in documentary films, books, and articles, they represent a business dating to the 1850s that began on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. Today, they use local clay to make and produce glazed stoneware, utilitarian items, face jugs, and other works of art that are sought after by collectors.
For more information about regional quilting and pottery, visit the Alabama Folklife Association website.