Georgia Harris, Catawba Potter

In this episode, we start to explore pottery produced by artisans from the Catawba Nation in South Carolina. This is part one of a three part series on this age old art.  In part one of our exploration of this earthenware tradition.  I talk with Bill Harris, a Catawba potter who learned to make this soft Native American redware from his grandmother Georgia Harris. He talks about his grandmother, who was recognized with a National Heritage Fellowship in 1996. Bill explains that his Catawba genealogy can be traced through pottery and the artisans who kept this skill in continual practice for thousands of years. In the follow-up podcasts I will interview an archivist and a researcher, who have worked to study this beautiful and distinctive art form, and are working to raise awareness and understanding about this ancient craft.

Bill Harris, Catawba Potter

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