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Early Southern Face Vessels: A Symposium

July 10, 2021 - July 11, 2021

On Site Registration

Due to capacity limits advance registration is required.

Gen. Public Attendee: $125
Museum Member Attendee: $100

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Gen. Public Virtual: $35
Museum Member Virtual: $28

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Early Southern Face Vessels: A Symposium

In Person and Virtual Registration Available
Saturday and Sunday, July 10 – 11 / Opening Reception Friday, July 9

In concurrence with the current exhibition Early American Face Vessels from the George H. Meyer Collection, the South Carolina State Museum invites you to a hybrid symposium exploring the history and art of Southern face vessels, an iconic American art form spanning 200 years.

Early Southern Face Vessels: A Symposium will take place the weekend of July 10-11, 2021 at the South Carolina State Museum. On-site attendance will be limited to 50 people and attendees are invited to an opening reception the evening of Friday, July 9. All presentations on Saturday and Sunday will be available via Zoom for virtual attendees.


Schedule of events

Friday, July 9

6 – 8 p.m.
Opening reception for on-site attendees (remarks at 7 pm)

Saturday, July 10

9 – 9:30 a.m.
Registration, coffee and pastries

9:30 a.m.
Opening remarks from Kay Meyer and Rob Hunter

10 – 11 a.m.
SC Pottery and Ceramic Arts at the State Museum: Past, Present, and Future
by Paul Matheny, Director of Collections

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Recovering the Recipe: Ceramic Identification and Provenance via Scientific Analyses
by Lindsay Bloch, Ph.D., Florida Museum of Natural History

12 – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Early American Face Vessels from the George H. Meyer Collection: Exhibition Tours

Pottery demonstrations and book sale in East Gallery

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The Edgefield Face Vessel and its Power on its Owner
by Phil Wingard, Owner, Southern Decorative Arts Company

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
‘But Oh The Clay Is Vile:’ Edgefield Face Vessels and the African Diaspora
by Jason Young, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A Day in the Life of Dave: Artist talk and performance
by Jim McDowell, The Black Potter

Sunday, July 11

9 – 9:30 a.m.
Coffee and pastries

9:30 -11 a.m.
People-pots around the World: A Global Perspective
by John Burrison, Ph.D.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Kilns: Origins, Forms, and Functions that Influenced Pottery Production
by Dr. George Calfas, RPA, US Army Corps of Engineers

12 p.m.
Closing remarks

1:30 -3 p.m.
Optional excursion to McKissick Museum for on-site guests


July 10, 2021
July 11, 2021
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