The exhibit, “The Potters of Orange, 1913-2013,” is presented by the Cherokee County Historical Society.
Pottery has been made for more than 100 years in east Cherokee County, in an area known as the Orange community, said Historical Society Executive Director Stefanie Joyner.
In the early 1900s, the pottery shops of Edward L. Stork and James P. Reid made utilitarian wares —churns, jugs, pitchers, bowls, etc. — which were sold to local farmers for the preparation and storage of food, she said in a release about the exhibit.
“Decoration on the pottery was sparse, with most of the visual appeal of the pottery deriving from the forms and the variations in the earthy colors,” Joyner said. “The pottery produced today at the shops of Ron Cooper and Jay Benzel is decorative art pottery – vases, face jugs, figurals, abstract pieces, etc. – glazed in a rainbow of glazes and decorated in an unlimited variety of motifs.”
The exhibit features the highly collectible pottery from the four potters, with a few pieces from other affiliated potters including Earl Stork, Homer Burns and Belle Reid.
“The exhibit is a great way to compare the historic potters of Cherokee County with the exciting contemporary artists of today,” Joyner said. All of the pieces are privately owned and on loan for the exhibit.
The exhibit will run until Dec. 31 and will be located in Suite 140 of the historic marble courthouse.
The museum is at 100 North St., Canton and is free and open to the public. The operating hours are Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.