Fire + Clay: Fresh Perspectives on Southern PotteryMarch 17-18, 2023 Winston-Salem, NC
Fire + Clay
Fresh Perspectives on Southern Pottery
March 17-18, 2023
In partnership with Colonial Williamsburg, MESDA is pleased to announce our first annual Ceramics Forum! Join us in Winston-Salem in March 2023 as we explore new research and discoveries in southern ceramics.
Optional pre-conference activities include day-trips to Seagrove and Charlotte and opportunities to mold clay under the supervision of Old Salem’s resident potter. During the Ceramics Forum, we’ll dive into the latest research in southern ceramics from Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, and MESDA’s newest state Alabama. Past will meet present with a special session where contemporary ceramics artists respond to iconic southern forms with new creations.
In partnership with:
In 2024 the Ceramics Forum will convene in Williamsburg, Virginia.
|Lectures Only||$325.00 | $315.00 Society Level Members*|
|Registration includes one pastry breakfast, one coffee break, one lunch, a keynote reception, a closing reception, more than a dozen lectures and demonstrations, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens.|
|Full Registration with Pottery Workshop||$450 | $440 Society Level Members*|
|Registration includes participation in hands-on pottery workshop, the keynote reception, one pastry breakfast, one coffee break, one lunch, a closing reception, more than a dozen lectures and demonstrations, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens.|
|Full Registration with Ramble I to Charlotte||$500.00 | $490.00 Society Level Members*|
|Registration includes participation in Ramble I, the keynote reception, one pastry breakfast, one coffee break, one lunch, a closing reception, more than a dozen lectures and demonstrations, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens.|
|Full Registration with Ramble II to Seagrove||$500.00 | $490.00 Society Level Members*|
|Registration includes participation in Ramble II, the keynote reception, one pastry breakfast, one coffee break, one lunch, a closing reception, all lectures and demonstrations proposed on the agenda, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens.|
|Lectures Only: Museum Professional Discount||$240: contact [email protected] to register!|
|Discount valid only for current museum professionals/employees. Limit to two employees per institution.
Registration includes one pastry breakfast, one coffee break, one lunch, a keynote reception, a closing reception, more than a dozen lectures and demonstrations, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens.
Limited number of scholarships available to emerging museum professionals & students! Award includes small travel stipend and registration for lectures only ticket. Please apply by January 23rd at the link attached here!
*This program is anticipated to sell out. Please note that members of the Frank L. Horton, Frederic William Marshall, and Flora Ann Bynum Societies receive priority registration privileges, as well as a discount on their tickets. To receive your society level discount, please be sure you register and/or sign in with your Old Salem Museums & Gardens username and password. If you would like to join the Frank L. Horton, Frederic William Marshall, or Flora Ann Bynum Societies, or if you would like to learn more, please click here.
Add-ons and Rambles: Friday, March 17, 2023
Joey Brackner, former director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture and the author of Alabama Folk Pottery
Johanna Brown, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts at Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Stephen Compton, Ceramic historian
Michelle Erickson, Ceramic artist
Jeffrey S. Evans, Ceramics historian and auctioneer, Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates
Geoff Hughes, Project Archaeologist, Lot 38 in Old Salem
Rob Hunter, Editor of Ceramics in America and guest curator of the Mariner Southern Ceramics Gallery
Angelika Kuettner, Curator of Ceramics at Colonial Williamsburg
Luke Pecoraro, Director of Archaeology at Drayton Hall
David Stuempfle, Ceramic artist
Luke Zipp, Ceramic historian and auctioneer, Crocker Farms
Dr. Jason Young, Associated Professor, University of Michigan, and co-curator Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefied, organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
David Mack, Ceramic Artist
And many more…
Friday, March 17
|Morning & Afternoon||Rambles & Pottery Workshop|
|5:00 pm||Keynote Reception|
Saturday, March 18
|5:00 pm||Closing Reception|
NOTE: This program and schedule is subject to amendment.
With generous support provided by:
To learn about available sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Bertram ([email protected]).
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is one of the museums at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. MESDA is located in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center at 924 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Seminar lectures will take place in the James A. Gray Auditorium at the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
|Fairfield Inn & Suites Winston-Salem Downtown|
|125 S Main St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
3/16-3/19 are available to book under this block.
|Please use this link to book or call and mention MESDA!|
*Please note, to ensure a room at the discounted price, reservations must be made by February 14th at 5 pm .
Registrants who cancel at least two weeks prior to a program will receive a full refund minus a $50 handling fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur less than two weeks prior to the event.
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts follows the inclement weather policies of Old Salem Museums & Gardens. When OSMG is closed, the museum is closed as well. Should this occur, the seminar will be cancelled and refunds will be issued. For your own protection, please consider travel insurance to cover fees involved with cancelling hotel reservations.