NC Folk Pottery 8½" Old Hag by Kathy Richards Beautiful Catawba Valley Folk Pottery! Another Quality Item From The Catawba Trader! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Catawba Valley Pottery the Tradition continues NC Folk Pottery 8½ " Ole' Hag
by Kathy Kennedy Richards
Outstanding Brown Glaze
Nice Decorations & Sculpture
Measures 8½" High!
Hand Signed On The Bottom By Kathy Richards
Perfect Condition & Guaranteed! This is another UNIQUE Folk Pottery Item by potter, Kathy Richards. The Glaze is beautiful! This a very collectible example of Catawba Valley Folk Pottery by fourth generation potter Kathy Kennedy Richards. This jug has a nice tan glaze. It is stamped on the bottom, "Kathy Richards Lincolnton, N. C.". Kathy Richards, Lincoln County, NC
Kathy Kennedy Richards is a fourth generation potter who was self taught and continues the family tradition of pottery making that was established in the 1800's by her great grandfather Julius Alexander Kennedy-Then by her grandfather David Alexander Kennedy, and great uncle Bulo Kennedy with the successful Kennedy Pottery in Wilkesboro, NC and her father Dewey Lee Kennedy (1900 - 1969).
Kathy was born in Catawba County in 1942-grew up on a farm and listened to stories of making stoneware and how it was delivered by wagons all over the state to Fallston, Spruce Pine, Burlington, down to eastern part of state and how David Kennedy had farmed and made pottery during depression, in Rosehill, NC and in Duplin County. T is w he met Casey Meaders from a newspaper ad. He lost the farm, moved to Burlington then back to Sherrill s Ford to start another pottery business--Casey Meaders moved with the family. All the Kennedy boys ( Dewey , Ed & Will Kennedy) and Casey helped in the pottery. Dave Kennedy died in 1943 and the pottery production had all stopped by then. Casey made pottery for a long time after that. Her father instilled in her the love and respect of the rich pottery history in the family. Kathy has been turning small pieces and some handbuilt since the late 70s specializing in miniatures. Her creations are formed on a kickwheel. Richards prefers to be in direct control of the ball of clay with steady and rhythmic turning of the kickwheel. Her work represents rural life in the South with such creations as jugs, bowls, vases, vinegar women, roosters, and pigs. Richards used glazes that are her own recipes that are unique with variations of earth tones. Her work was first made for her own enjoyment. As friends and family discovered her talents - they encouraged her to begin selling her wares. She is most appreciative of this encouragement as her work is now in homes of collectors in practically all 50 states and as far away as China. She is an established potter in the Catawba Valley area of North Carolina. Her work is highly sought after by collectors who eagerly await new items from her workshop. Kathy Kennedy Richards has respect for the influence her family legacy has had on her own career as she continues to travel the paths of a southern folk potter. She has her heart in the past and her eye on the future. At a recent pottery show, a collector was overheard to say "Kathy is a potter with soul".
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