The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has the longest continuing pottery tradition on their original land of any tribe in the United States. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Cherokee potters began using carved wooden paddles and sharp objects to stamp thin-walled, hand-built pottery with intricate cross-hatch, spiral and other designs. We present the works of Cherokee potters who carry on this stamped pottery tradition, as well as the blackware creations of the family of the late, much admired Louise Bigmeat Maney. Her blackware pottery is a heavier, shiny black clay pottery that features elements from the pottery of the Catawba Indians. Potters we represent include Joel Queen, Harold Long, and Paulette Smart.
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