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Eric Picker

Biography to Display: 

1919 Born St. Louis, Missouri

1975 Died Asheville, North Carolina


BA University of Denver, Denver, Colorado


1961, 1962, 1963 Instructor, Penland School of Crafts, Spruce Pine, North Carolina

1962-1971 Studio Potter, Poplar Cove Pottery


Eric Picker was a production potter known for wheel thrown and hand built stoneware vessels, dinnerware, wind chimes, bonsai pots, bells, lanterns, candlesticks, and clocks. He also created sculptures, some of which were mixed media which incorporated wood and metal.

After the Korean War, Picker found it necessary to change occupations.  His need for peace and quiet lead him to Penland School of Crafts, where he discovered the joy of working with clay. He was very active in the Southern Highland Craft Guild, serving two years as President, and chairing and serving on many committees from 1962-1975.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina


Bibliography to Display: 

Barker, Garry. The Handcraft Revival in Southern Appalachia 1930-1990. Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee Press, 1991.




Center for CraftSouthern Highland Craft Guild



Center for CraftCenter For Craft


Typical Marks
ca 1960
Weed Pot Vase
Date: ca 1960
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Wax Resist
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified March 29, 2022.