Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, May 8, 2017
Roy L. Williams 
Director of Public Relations 
Birmingham Public Library 
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067 
Central Library hosting opening reception for Gee’s Bend quilters and folk pottery artists
What: Sewn and Thrown: Traditional Quilts and Folk Pottery from Alabama’s Black Belt exhibit
When: May 11-June 25, 2017, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: First floor exhibit cases and Fourth Floor Gallery at the Central Library
Details: Exhibits will be available during library hours. 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Central Library in downtown Birmingham is hosting an opening reception this Saturday, May 13, 2017, for a new exhibit featuring the internationally-known Gee’s Bend quilters and Selma-based folk pottery artists. The Sewn and Thrown: Traditional Quilts and Folk Pottery from Alabama’s Black Belt exhibit opens to the public on Thursday, May 11, and runs through June 25, 2017. 

Featuring quilts by master artists from Gee’s Bend and works by Miller’s Pottery of Brent and Ham Pottery of Selma, the Sewn and Thrown exhibit will present two living traditions of the region. The quilts and folk pottery will be viewable in the first floor Exhibit cases and Fourth Floor Gallery of the Central Library, 2100 Park Place. 

Acclaimed nationally and internationally, the Gee’s Bend quilters are continuing the tradition through their families and community.  Sixteen quilts by different women, some of whom will be exhibiting for the first time, will represent the amazing colors and innovative techniques often associated with the textiles produced by several generations over the years.

Folk potter Steve Miller and his cousin Allen Ham grew up working alongside Steve’s father, Eric Miller, in the workplace and shop on Highway 5 in Bibb County. Featured in documentary films, books, and articles, they represent a business dating to the 1850s that began on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. Today, they use local clay to make and produce glazed stoneware, utilitarian items, face jugs, and other works of art that are sought after by collectors.

For more information about regional quilting and pottery, visit the Alabama Folklife Association website. Read more at the link below: 
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