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Walter B. Stephen Pottery: Cameo to Crystalline
On view through January 17, 2022
Asheville Art Museum
Asheville, North Carolina

Artist Walter B. Stephen (Clinton, IA 1875–1961 Asheville, NC) contributed to Western North Carolina’s identity as a flourishing site for pottery production and craftsmanship in the early 20th century.

“Walter B. Stephen Pottery: Cameo to Crystalline” features art pottery and functional vessels from each stage of Stephen’s career, from his origins discovering the medium alongside his mother Nellie C. Randall Stephen in Shelby County, TN from 1901 through 1910 to his multi-decade production just outside of Asheville.

[Image: Pisgah Forest Pottery, Walter B. Stephen, Covered Wagon teapot, creamer and sugar bowl, 1943, glazed stoneware, 4 3/8 × 9 × 6 ½ (teapot); 3 ¼ × 5 ¼ × 4 1/2 (creamer); 4 × 6 5/8 × 5 ½ (sugar bowl) inches. Asheville Art Museum, gift of Andrew Glasgow, 2010.26.03-05]