This presentation is sponsored by The Decorative Arts Trust.

2022 Virtual Programs

As an outreach to the ACC membership we provide occasional virtual programs to share research from ceramics scholars and provide insight from working potters. These lectures are open to all ceramic aficionados.

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From Edgefield to East Fork:
A Journey to Find a Vessel for More  

by Katherine "Kate" Hughes

Monday, November 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm EST

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​​In this lecture, scholar Katherine Hughes asks how her research into 19th-century South Carolina pottery led her to a cupboard full of colorful stoneware mugs, plates, and bowls made in 21st-century North Carolina. Hughes will investigate how the socio-cultural climate of our current world has influenced her, and many of her peers', relationship with ceramics, collecting, and generally living with things. Buoyed by modern-day dishware company East Fork who lists “Compassion, Accountability, Equity, Sincerity and Adaptive Tenacity” as their core values, Kate Hughes asks: "what are my own core values, and how has my relationship with ceramics, both historic and contemporary, influenced and shaped them?"

Katherine “Kate” Hughes is a public historian with a passion for museums and preservation. She believes in inclusive and accessible history, environmental sustainability and equity, and that community engagement should be at the forefront of any preservation project. She is the Curator of Cultural Heritage & Community Engagement at the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Public History with the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. Kate’s research focuses on exploring marginalized and ignored histories through objects, architecture, and place. She has previously worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Historic Charleston Foundation, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she contributed to the landmark exhibition and accompanying catalogue, Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina.