MESDA Conference Focuses on Southern Ceramics

(Last Updated On: October 4, 2016)

southern_ceramicsThe Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) presents its ninth biennial conference for research in the field of early southern decorative arts and material culture October 28–30 in Winston-Salem. This year’s conference will focus on southern ceramics in celebration of the opening of the museum’s William C. and Susan S. Mariner Southern Ceramics Gallery.

Moderated by Rob Hunter, the program lectures feature new discoveries by leading scholars in the field of southern ceramics. With topics spanning the geography of the South, the presenters at this year’s conference include Mark Hewitt, Lindsay Bloch, Luke Zipp, Angelika Kuettner, Brenda Hornsby Heindl, Katherine Hughes, Corbett Toussaint, John Hoar, Johanna Brown, and Robert Leath.

A Saturday Ramble will allow participants to enjoy MESDA’s collections in an intimate setting as well as spend time in the Historic Town of Salem. Working North Carolina potters will be on hand to interact with attendees and will have their wares on hand for purchase. The quarter scale Cassel kiln, reproduced by the Old Salem trades staff and based on archaeology from the Heinrich Shaffner pottery site in Salem, will be fired behind the Single Brothers’ House. This quarter scale kiln has a capacity of approximately 150 pieces of pottery. Old Salem’s potter, Mike Fox, as well as other trades staff will be on hand to answer questions.

An optional Southern Sunday Brunch honoring Bill and Susan Mariner and benefiting the MESDA Summer Institute will be a perfect end to this exciting weekend focused on southern ceramics.

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is the preeminent center for researching, collecting, and exhibiting decorative arts made and used in the early American South. MESDA is one of the museums at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. The Web site address is

About Old Salem
Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem —engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit

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