Cleater and Billie MEADERS Tobacco Spit Glaze POTTERY PITCHER
- Vintage item
Cleater James (C.J.) Meaders, Jr. (1921-2003) and his wife Billie made this red clay pitcher with its tobacco spit alkaline glaze. It's glazed that "Meaders green" and features a couple of leafy Georgia peaches incised on one side, with one peach bearing the words "Atlanta, Ga" and the other the date of "8 of 96."
The pitcher is 7 1/2 inches tall, 7 inches across from the outer edge to the outside of the handle and has a 4 inch diameter round base. It weighs 2 pounds 6 ounces and is in superb condition. It is accompanied by a brochure about the history of Meaders pottery, which states "Wood-fired kiln located on the family farm near Cleveland, Georgia." Also included is their business card and a hang tag authenticating the piece.
From C.J. Meaders' obituary: "A nationally known potter, Mr. Meaders served as a Smithsonian Museum representative for the GA Folk Arts Display at the 1996 US Olympics in Atlanta, GA. His works are on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Arts and Sciences, the University of GA Museum, and the Atlanta History Center. A number of books have been published featuring Mr. Meaders' art. For 20 years Mr. Meaders demonstrated his craft at the Mossy Creek Festival in Houston County."
On the dry bottom of the pitcher is inscribed their names "Cleater and Billie Meaders" and the date: 5-8-1996. It's in outstanding condition, with no flaws or damage. It's a beautiful piece by a famous potter from a famous family of potters.
A bit of history...John Milton Meaders started a "ware shop" in 1893 in the small town of Mossy Creek after noticing other struggling farmers nearby making spare money selling jugs and crocks. His five sons all took to potting, with John doing the selling and delivering. John's grandson Lanier (1917-1998) became one of the south's best known potters. He used the drippy green alkaline glaze-- like Cleater used here-- that had originated in the Edgefield district of South Carolina. Lanier's cousin Cleater is the potter who made this pitcher.