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Douglas Ferguson

Biography to Display: 

1921Born Bald Creek, North Carolina

1999 Died

EDUCATION

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Self-taught studio potter

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1934-1946 Tennessee Valley Authority, Norris, Tennessee

1946 Pigeon Forge Pottery, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

 

Douglas Ferguson and his wife Ruth founded Pigeon Forge Pottery in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 1946. They organized their business so the pottery produced there would be high quality. At one point they employed 12 potters who would cast, glaze and fire stock items.

In addition, they understood the importance of good publicity and having a retail outlet. Ruth ran their shop. Red clay found near the pottery was used to make thrown or slip cast wares finished with matte glazes and slip decoration. The production includes animal figurines as well a full line of functional wares. Douglas Ferguson who threw much of the functional work retired in 1998. Ruth Ferguson remained until 1999. The pottery closed in 2000.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Bullard, Helen.Crafts and Craftsmen of the Tennessee Mountains. Fall Church, VA: The Summit Press, Ltd., 1976.

 

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Typical Marks
1950-1970
1955
1976
ca 1980
Bowl
Date: 1950-1970
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Date: 1955
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Bud Vase
Date: 1976
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Crystalline Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Group of Three Owls
Date: ca 1980
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slip Cast, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Plate with a Horse
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Wax Resist
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Mugs
Materials: Stoneware
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Jeffrey Kuratnick. "The Marks Project." Last modified September 12, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/ferguson-0