Learning about the fascinating history of NE Georgia’s folk pottery, and visiting the many pottery studios and galleries in the area is one of the favorite activities of guests at Glen-Ella Springs Inn. The inn’s location is convenient to several important galleries in Clayton, Tallulah Falls, and along one of GA’s most Scenic By-Ways, Hwy 197. In addition, the outstanding new Folk Pottery Museum of NE Georgia, is less than a 30 minute drive from Glen-Ella.
The Folk Pottery Museum is housed in a spectacular addition to the Sautee Nacoochee Center located on GA Hwy 255 at Sautee near Helen. The museum is one of the few museums in the world to focus exclusively on folk pottery. It tells the story of the Meaders, Hewell, and other folk pottery families and how their craft adapted through the years, beginning with utilitarian vessels in the mid-1800, then changing around the mid-1900’s to garden pots and decorative items to meet the demand for those seeking unique accessories for their homes and gardens. The museum houses an extensive collection of face jugs which have become internationally recognized as a distinctive product of NE Georgia folk potters. The Sautee Center also features a local history museum, a gallery featuring work of local artists, and a series of outstanding music and drama performances.
Be sure to consider a visit to one of these galleries on your next trip to the north Georgia mountains.