John Burrison: From Mud to Jug

SAT, JUN 12, 2010 (1:01:40)

John Burrison, professor of English and the director of the folklore curriculum at Georgia State University, discusses his new book From Mud to Jug. The focus of this sequel to Brothers in Clay is on northeast Georgia, which has maintained a continuous tradition of pottery making since the early 19th century. Through interviews, a census of active potters, and more than 100 color photographs of pots, potters, and their work spaces, Burrison captures the living tradition of one of the last areas of the United States where Euro-American folk pottery is still being made.

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Dr. John Burrison came to Georgia State University in 1966 to develop the folklore curriculum in the Department of English, where he teaches such courses as American Folklore, Georgia Folklife, British Folk Culture, and Irish Folk Culture. From the beginning, his students have had the opportunity to contribute to original research by documenting people’s folk traditions. Their projects are housed in the Georgia Folklore Archives. Dr. Burrison serves as curator of the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia at Sautee Nacoochee Center near Helen, Georgia, opened in 2006.

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