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Folk pottery is still made today in North Carolina and Georgia. The southern tradition has emphasized high-fired stoneware vessels that could withstand rough usage on the farm. Alkaline stoneware glazes are distinctly regional, with wood ashes or lime mixed in a solution to help melt the other ingredients-usually sand and clay. These glazes turn green or brown depending on the firing conditions and can have a runny texture. They were developed in South Carolina around 1815, perhaps inspired by published accounts of similar high-firing Chinese glazes. The face jug made by Georgia's Lanier Meaders represents a later-twentieth-century shift in emphasis from utilitarian farm wares to more decorative pieces for collectors, a trend that continues today. Jugs are courtesy of the Atlanta History Center and courtesy of John Burrison. See "#AmericanFolkArt: An Enduring Legacy", on display, pre-security, in the International Terminal. http://bit.ly/AmericanFolkArt

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