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Betty Smelcer

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1946-1948, 1970’s Potter, Pigeon Forge Pottery, Pigeon Forge Tennessee


Betty Smelcer is known for creating pottery at Pigeon Forge Pottery.

Douglas Ferguson and his wife Ruth founded Pigeon Forge Pottery in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 1946. 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. In addition to the Fergusons and Smelcer, there were a number of studio workers. The pottery closed in 2000.





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
1946-1948, 1970-1980
Date: 1946-1948, 1970-1980
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Jeffrey Kuratnick. "The Marks Project." Last modified October 29, 2019.