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Ernest Wilson

Biography to Display: 


1930’s Extensive work in the whiteware industry, East Liverpool, Ohio

1937-1939 Ceramic Research Center, Tennessee Valley Authority, Norris, Tennessee

1946-1969 Co-Founder, Potter, Pigeon Forge Pottery, Pigeon Forge Tennessee


Ernest Wilson spent time in the whiteware industry in Ohio before he began creating pottery at Pigeon Forge Pottery.

Wilson, along Douglas Ferguson and his wife Ruth (a daughter of Ernest Wilson) 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 Pigeon Forge production includes animal figurines as well a full line of functional wares. In addition to the Fergusons and Wilson, there were a number of studio workers. The pottery closed in 2000.


Bibliography to Display: 

Cotham, Steve. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing,2006.

Forster, Ken. Biographies in American Ceramic Art 1870-1970. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2010.




Center for CraftSouthern Highland Craft Guild



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Typical Marks
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

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