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Lanier Meaders, (Quillian)

Biography to Display: 

1917 Born Mossy Creek, Georgia

1998 Died Mossy Creek, Georgia

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

Family pottery-studio worker

1967—became fulltime potter

Instructor Brenau College, Gainesville, Georgia

 

Quillian Lanier Meaders widely known as Lanier Meaders used locally sourced stoneware clay and glaze materials including wood ash and lime. He is also known to use Albany Slip. He produced a wide variety of functional picecs as well as the face jugs his family is so well known for.

He was born into the Meaders family pottery tradition. The Meaders family pottery was founded by Lanier’s grandfather, John Milton Meaders in 1893. He began the family face jug production making 1000s in addition to a full line of functional pottery. Lanier’s father Cheever produced a small number of face jugs.

 Meaders learned to make and use glazes growing up in a family of functional potters and face jug makers. Throughout his career, he produced work using these traditional glazes which produced strong earth-brown, olive-green, and rusty-gray stoneware.

Lanier Meaders can be credited with keeping the Southern folk pottery making of Georgia alive and vital with his distinct style and sculptural creativity shown both in his traditional functional pottery and face jugs which utilize stones for teeth.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

Georgia State Art Collection, Atlanta, Georgia

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Eaton, Allen H. Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1937/1973.

Crocker, Michael A., Cheever Meaders, Arie Meaders, Lanier Meaders, and W. Newton, Crouch Jr. The Folk Pottery of Cheever, Arie, and Lanier Meaders: A Pictorial Legacy. Griffin, GA: C & C Productions, 1994. 

Diaz, Laura.  “Lanier Meaders (1917-1998).” New Georgia Encyclopedia, January 14, 2016.

Meaders, Cheever, and Lanier Meaders. The Meaders Family: North Georgia Potters. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University, 2008. 

Meaders, Lanier, and Joan Falconer Byrd. A Conversation with Lanier Meaders:  Chelsea Gallery, A.K. Hinds University Center, Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC:  Western Carolina University,1980. 

Quillan Lanier Meaders, The Meaders Family, North Georgia Potters. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Folklife Studies, 1967.

 

 

 

 

Center for Craft This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft
   
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks
ca 1968-1998
Jar
Date: ca 1968-1998
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown, Mixed Methods, Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Face Jug
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Ash Glaze
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 175, April 16, 2016
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 175, April 16, 2016
Face Jug
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Ash Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Group of Face Jugs
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Ash Glaze
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 7, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/meaders