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Your friends at Collecting Alabama are excited to offer this collection of folk pottery by Alabama and Georgia artists. The pieces listed are all from one collection. The owner of the collection, over a period of 30+ years, searched for these fine pieces and would regularly seek out the potters and work with them at their potteries. He would dig clay, transport it to the pottery and help in the turning and firing then buying directly from the potter. The collection includes one of a kinds and signed pieces. Keep checking the website for updates and if you can, come by our store in Kimberly to see this fine collection in person. See you soon!
5 GALLON WHISKEY JUG ALABAMA $175
EARLY MONKEY JUG FOUND IN CLANTON, ALABAMA
Shown here is an early folk pottery monkey jug with a single spout and a small hole in the top for a vent. The large strap handle is very solid and placed well across the top. This piece has a dark brown glaze with tan-green highlights on top with the bottom being unglazed. No cracks but lots of staining and rubs on the surface. This monkey jug was found in Clanton many years ago in this condition. The jug is 12 inches tall and 7 inches in diameter. Lots of character in this piece. The green felt is not there to hide anything and was on the jug when received. We decided to leave the piece as found. PRICE $400
NORMAN SMITH PIG CASSEROLE OR COOKIE JAR. RARE!
This Norman Smith pig is unsigned but unmistakably made by the Bibb County Alabama folk potter. We also have the original lid. Although it has chips, this top is a great find as most have been broken or misplaced. Mr. Smith’s tops are notorious for not fitting tightly. I have heard this pig called a casserole and a cookie jar. Some have even called them planters when they are found without the top. The piece measures 8 1/2 inches long and 6 1/2 inches tall. Super cool piggy. PRICE $250
NORMAN SMITH SIGNED PIG BANK. RARE!
Here we have a whimsical piggy bank made by Alabama folk potter Norman Smith. This pig is signed on the side under the brown glaze. It reads “Norman Smith 1986”. This piece is 5 1/2 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches long. No damage. This piggy bank is super rare with the signature.
PRICE $250 SOLD
NORMAN SMITH 1 GALLON STORAGE JAR WITH BLOCK STAMP ON BOTTOM
For sale here is a very nice single handled storage jar made by Alabama folk potter Norman Smith. This piece has a block stamp on the bottom which is very rare. It is marked “N.E. Smith Lawley, Ala.”. Mr. Smith marked very few pieces of his pottery. This jar has a very deep brown glaze with light green runs and light colored clay. The jar is in excellent condition with no cracks. There is a small kiln flake on the side. 7 1/2 inches tall. PRICE $150
NORMAN SMITH STORAGE JAR WITH FOX DECORATION. ONE OF A KIND
This piece is very special and the only one known to exist. The owner of this storage jar was a friend of Norman Smith and was present when the pot was made. He helped Mr. Smith dig the light colored clay from the bank of Oakmulgee Creek then worked with him when he threw and fired it. The fox is very detailed and very folksy. The pot is typically heavy like all Norman Smith pieces. Not signed but a letter of authenticity will be provided. PRICE $250
ETHRIDGE SMITH DOUBLE HANDLED STORAGE JAR
For sale here is an unsigned Ethridge Smith storage jar in excellent condition. No cracks or chips. The green alkaline glaze is beautiful. The piece is decorated with double lines around the neck under the lip and a single line at the handles. It measures 9 inches tall and 10 inches wide at the handles. PRICE $250
ETHRIDGE SMITH BLUE BANDED PITCHER, LARGE
The glaze on this beautiful pitcher makes this piece look very old but it is dated 1987 on the bottom along with Ethridge Smith’s signature. The pitcher is large at 10 1/2 inches tall with a wide 6 1/2 inch diameter base. The off white alkaline glaze has lots of brown and tan in it. Very nice blue double lines. Not at all like the brown glaze pieces normally seen by Ethridge Smith. The pitcher has nice thin walls common in his work. PRICE $350
ANT DEFENDERS by OSCAR SMITH
Here we have 2 ant defenders made by Alabama folk potter Oscar Smith, brother of Norman and Ethridge. Neither is signed but both were bought from Oscar directly by the owner. Each has a small label marked “Oscar Smith”. The one with the dark brown glaze is 7 1/2 inches in diameter and the green glazed one is 7 inches in diameter. Both glazes are runny. The green piece is more defined but look closely at the photo of the brown one to see the runny surface. Small blemish on the inside lip of the brown piece. PRICE
$100 EACH SOLD S
CLEATER & BILLIE MEADERS CANDLE HOLDER
This 7 1/2 inch tall candle holder is by husband and wife Georgia folk potters, Cleater and Billie Meaders. The Meaders family of potters are known for their beautifully formed and glazed pottery pieces. Face jugs by Lanier Meaders are highly sought after with examples displayed in the Smithsonian. This drippy green alkaline glazed candle holder is truly stunning. Signed on the bottom “Cleater and Billie Meaders 2-24-93”. PRICE $150
CLEATER MEADERS SMALL STORAGE JUG WITH SQUARE SHOULDER. RARE
The green alkaline glaze on this storage jar is magnificent! Super runny with rich color and texture. This piece seems ready to come alive pulsing life through the heavy veins all along its surface. Beautiful! I am told the extra time and expertise needed to form the square shoulder on this piece makes it very rare. It stands 8 1/2 inches tall and is 4 inches across the bottom. The jug is signed on the bottom “Cleater Meaders 1984”. PRICE $250
CLEATER & BILLIE MEADERS 3 GALLON CHURN
This beautifully made piece is an excellent example of the 19th century Georgia butter churn. Tall slender form and strap handles. This piece is damaged. One of the strap handles has been knocked off and a repair was started. No other cracks or damage. We chose to list it anyway because of the pieces beautiful form and stunning green runny alkaline glaze. 3 gallon size. The Meaders decorated the churn with a double line around the top. Signed on the bottom “Cleater and Billie Meaders 1990”. PRICE $125