Georgia Pottery Mountain Gold Glaze Pitcher
* Vintage Item
William Joseph "Bill" Gordy (1910-1993), was an award-winning potter who lived in Cartersville, Georgia. In 1935, after a stint as a journeyman potter in North Carolina, he started Georgia Art Pottery, becoming one of the first Georgia potters to make pieces that were more artistic, rather than utilitarian. He developed his own glazes; the one on this lidded pitcher, the golden brown developed in 1951 that he called Mountain Gold, became his trademark. He was also an instructor at the John C. Campbell folk school in Brasstown, North Carolina. His pottery has been on display since 1940 in the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.
The bottom of the pitcher is marked twice with his handmade semi-circular stamp, impressed in the clay, that reads "HAND MADE BY W.J. GORDY". Made of refined white stoneware clay, it's shaped like a beehive crock, reminiscent of the ones Gordy began making when he was 14 years old. The standing collar neck has a handsome pulled spout and an inner flange to hold the flat lid that has a thimble-shaped knob on top. The sturdy C-shaped handle is placed high on the side. The glaze is absolutely beautiful, in excellent condition with some glaze pops but no damage or wear; the pitcher itself including the lid is also in pristine shape.
The pitcher stand 8 1/2 inches in height; with the lid on, it's 9 1/2 inches to the top of the knob. About 6 inches across the belly and with a 4 inch diameter base, it weighs just under 3 pounds with the lid on. This is a desirable piece of Georgia art pottery by a master potter, a legend in the world of pottery.
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