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Pigeon Forge Pottery

Biography to Display: 

1946-2000 Founded, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

 

Pigeon Forge Pottery was founded in 1946 by Douglas Ferguson, Ruth Ferguson (née Wilson), and Ruth’s father, Ernest Wilson.

Considered a small production operation, Pigeon Forge hired a variety of potters and non-potters alike to assist in the operation at every production stage. Red clay found near the pottery was used to make thrown or slip cast wares finished with semi matte glazes and slip decoration. Watching the process of making pottery start to finish was a highlight for shoppers visiting the pottery. The production includes animal figurines as well a full line of functional wares. Many accomplished potters worked at Pigeon Forge Pottery.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

Douglas Ferguson Pottery, Asheville, North Carolina

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Cotham, Steve. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing2006.

 

Artist's Studio: Pigeon Forge Pottery

 

 

 

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
Candle Holder
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slip Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
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Pitcher
Materials: Shards
Method: Slip Cast
Surface Technique: Transfer or Decal Decorated
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
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Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slip Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Jeffrey Kuratnick. "The Marks Project." Last modified October 16, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/pottery-0