John Burrison to present "Around the World in Eighty Clays: A Folk-Pottery Travelogue"

John Burrison, by Carolyn Richardson

September 5, 2013

The Fox Center of Emory University and the Georgia Humanities Council present "Around the World in Eighty-Clays: A Folk-Pottery Travelogue," a three-part lecture series presented by Dr. John Burrison, Regents Professor of English and Director of Folklore Curriculum at Georgia State University. The three lectures, all held in October, span world-wide traditions and explore a range of cultures.

The first lecture, "Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Pottery," will take place Tuesday, October 1, 7 p.m., at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University (605 Asbury Circle NE, 30322).

The second lecture, "European, including British Isles, Pottery," will be the following Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m., and will be held at the Decatur Public Library Auditorium (215 Sycamore St, 30030).

The final lecture is "United States and Latin American Pottery, with Emphasis on the American South," and will be held Tuesday, October 15, 7 p.m., in the Kennedy Theater of the Atlanta History Center (130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, 30305).

All lectures begin with a reception, and are free and open to the public.

Dr. John Burrison

Professor Burrison's interest in pottery arose in 1968 upon meeting north Georgia folk potter Lanier Meaders, beginning a friendship that inspired two of Dr. Burrison's books, "Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery" (1983) and "From Mud to Jug: the Folk Potters and Pottery of Northeast Georgia" (2010). He is curator of the Atlanta History Museum's Folklife Gallery and of the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia at Sautee Nacoochee. Visits to the British Isles, Germany, and China have opened him to a global perspective on ceramic traditions, leading to this latest project, a lecture series drawn from his study collection of 18,000 digital images.

This series is co-sponsored with the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University; the Atlanta History Center; the Georgia Center for the Book; the Department of English, Georgia State University; and the Center for Creativity & Arts at Emory University.

For more details and directions to each event, please see, or contact the Fox Center at or 404-727-6424.


The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry (FCHI)
The FCHI is a focal point for humanities endeavors at Emory University and serves to advance research and teaching, overall, in the humanities. The FCHI serves both those trained in the humanities and also others in the University who are interested in humanistic issues. The FCHI is dedicated to providing occasions and spaces for encouraging intellectual community and scholarship across disciplines.