Explore one of the South’s premier and historic art forms at the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia. The museum, located in Sautee Nacoochee, GA, showcases the handmade work of North Georgia potters and examines the important role of pottery in Southern history. As the only establishment dedicated to Northeast Georgia folk pottery, the museum provides a unique opportunity to learn about the heritage of American folk art.
The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is just one of many fascinating sites in the area. To learn more about nearby museums, galleries, historic sites, shopping, restaurants, and more, download our free Vacation Guide. We’ve included our top recommendations on all the best activities and attractions in the area. The perfect North Georgia vacation awaits!
What You’ll Find at the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia
The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is one of four unique establishments at the Sautee Nacoochee Center. It features pieces dating back 200 years in history and the work of noted folk potter families in the area. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll find when visiting the museum.
Dating back to the 1800s, pottery began as a household necessity item used for preparing and storing food and beverages. For many families, pottery-making was their business, and members worked together to provide pottery for their customers. To distinguish their pieces and attract customers, potters began incorporating decorative features to their traditional pottery-crafting methods. This included unique sizes, shapes, glazes, and embellishments. The museum showcases many of these pieces that were once ordinary household items but were transformed into valued and collected art.
The Living History Area
The Living History Area section of the museum includes exhibits that demonstrate the pottery-making process including how clay is dug, shaped on a wheel, and coated with a final glaze. Learn about the labor-intensive and hazardous task of firing pottery in a kiln. Visitors can watch a video of the handmade process done by the Meaders family, who is nationally known in the pottery world. In addition, visitors can learn about how pottery was used in daily life to preserve liquids and perishable foods.
Pottery for Sale
Visitors interested in taking home a souvenir or pottery enthusiasts who would like to add to their collection can purchase select pieces in the museum shop. Pottery lovers can also follow the Folk Potters Trail of Southeast Georgia to visit more than two dozen contemporary folk potters in the area.
Other Attractions in the Sautee Nacoochee Valley
Just a short drive from Sylvan Valley Lodge, the Sautee Nacoochee Center offers more incredible ways to explore art and culture along with the Folk Pottery Museum. Additionally, you can visit the African American Heritage Site, Nacoochee History Museum, and Valley Heritage & Museums. While you’re in the Sautee Nacoochee Valley, visit the Old Sautee Store to experience a step back in time and the best homemade treats or the Indian Mound to learn more about the area’s rich history.
The Best Place to Stay in Town
After you’ve experienced the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia and more of Sautee Nacoochee’s culture, make the easy 5-minute drive back to the Sylvan Valley Lodge. You’ll be greeted with cozy accommodations featuring comfortable bedding, lovely views, luxurious amenities, and abundant rustic charm. Our charming B&B provides the perfect home base for all your North Georgia adventures.
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