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The traditional American stoneware face vessel has become an iconic art form, with important roots in South Carolina. George H. Meyer’s collection of over 100 early American face vessels provides us with the rare opportunity to see the tradition unfold in regions east of the Mississippi River and Texas, from the 1820s to 1940, including 20 early face vessels from South Carolina.
This exhibition shows that potters were not artists working in isolation, but rather interrelated craftsmen and often families sharing ideas and techniques. While these vessels have been the subject of increased scholarship in recent years, they remain somewhat enigmatic. These objects likely served many different functions and many of their makers remain unknown. The vessels in this exhibition demonstrate the artistry, variety, and power of this uniquely American art form.
This exhibit is free with museum general admission or membership.