Fire + Clay: Fresh Perspectives on Southern Pottery

March 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. 


 


 

REGISTRATION

Tickets Launching 11/1!

 

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. 

*This program is anticipated to sell out.  Please note that members of the Frank L. HortonFrederic 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

 

Join Tara Logue, Old Salem’s Learning In Place Liaison and Master Potter, for a hands-on workshop that explores the historical roots of mass production pottery and the influence of industrialization on Salem potters. Participants will use press molds to recreate historic pieces discovered in Salem and take home a pre-finished reproduction. Afterwards, participants will join Johanna Brown, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts, for an exclusive hands-on ceramics collection study at MESDA.

 

 

 

Join us on the road to Charlotte as we visit the Mint Museum and their spectacular ceramics collection. We will begin our day with a curator-led tour of the Mint Museum Randolph location and their stunning collection of historic ceramics from the south and the world. Following lunch at the museum, we will make our way to the Mint Museum Uptown for a curator-led tour of their recently reinstalled Craft and Design galleries and an opportunity to explore their contemporary ceramics collections.

 

 

 

 

Join us on the road to Seagrove, North Carolina, the  the pottery capital of the United States, with over 100 potters living nearby! We will visit the North Carolina Pottery Center for a special tour of their collection and maker spaces followed by fun demonstrations and pottery throw down by local ceramics artists! Lunch included during this special day trip to the heart of North Carolina pottery country.

 


PROGRAM

Lecturers include:

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.

And many more…

Schedule:

Friday, March 17

Morning & Afternoon Rambles & Pottery Workshop
5:00 pm  Keynote Reception 

Saturday, March 19

9:30 am Lectures
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Lectures
5:00 pm Closing Reception

 

NOTE: This program and schedule is subject to amendment. 


With generous support provided by:

 

 


TRAVEL DETAILS

 


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

To learn about available sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Knapp ([email protected]).


TRAVEL DETAILS

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. 

Seminar Hotels: 

Fairfield Inn & Suites Winston-Salem Downtown
125 S Main St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

336-714-2800

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 . 

 

 


 

CANCELLATION POLICY

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. 

 


 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

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.