Nationality

American

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Medium

Pottery

Signature

Signed on bottom

Identification #

1985.001.0204

Collection/Provenance

Gift of James Carley.

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: Location S4B

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Additional Information

From James Carley's notes:

Stoneware covered jar 7" high. Olive brown alkaline glaze with applied grapes, tendrils & leaves on both sides of the jar. The leaves are scored for veins & glazed black. Lanier makes these in sets of four sizes. Some with a lighter tan color scheme are probably nicer, but he didn't have any for sale the day I was there. Signed as usual on the buff base, Lanier Meaders. Purchased at the Mossy Creek Pottery.

From Text Panel:

Lanier Meaders, who worked within the Mossy Creek community of Cleveland, Georgia, was among the most prominent Southern potters. He was best known for his grotesque "Face Jugs," two of which are in UND's collection. The stoneware covered jar on display is, however, of a different spirit. It features applied grapes, tendrils, and leaves on both sides of the jar.

Interestingly, grapes are being grown and harvester not only in Meaders' home state of Georgia, but also in North Dakota and Minnesota. Both states have active grape growers' associations and wineries, and grape production is steadily partaking in the agricultural economy.

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