Folk Art Gallery
Est. 1984 - Barbara C. Brogdon Prop.
Phone (706) 865-6345 Cell (706) 878-8100

Lanier Meaders


Born: 1917
Mossy Creek Community, Cleveland, Georgia

Attended school in Cleveland. Lanier married his hometown sweetheart, Betty Jean Lewis in 1988. Lanier is credited with carrying on the folk pottery tradition in the United States. Demand and interest in folk pottery increased after his exposure at the Festival of American Folk Life at the Smithsonian Institution in 1967. That year Ralph Rinzler and Robert Sayers completed a study for the Smithsonian Institution on the Meaders family. "The Meaders Family-North Georgia Potters", along with an accompanying film, resulted from their visit. Lanier and his mother, Arie, attended Meaders Pottery Day at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in 1978. Lanier received the National Heritage Fellowship in 1983.

See Brothers In Clay, Foxfire 8, Foxfire 10, Raised In Clay, Handed On, The Meaders Family-North Georgia Potters.

Sadly in February 1998, the pottery world lost a legend.  Lanier died, after a long bout with cancer.