Pisgah Forest Pottery

There are different displays at the Hendersonville Public Library, off Main St. down 3rd Ave. Pisgah Forest Pottery has been exhibited frequently.

Walter B. Stephen had operated potteries in Tennessee and in Skyland, North Carolina, then moved to Pisgah Forest in 1926.

Pisgah Forest Pottery display at the Hendersonville Public Library
Pisgah Forest Pottery display at the Hendersonville Public Library

At the Pisgah Forest Pottery, Walter was inspired by English Wedgewood jasperware. He created cameo ware with scenes hand painted on with slip to create cameo scenes from American life. Some are Western themes, with buffalo and covered wagons. Others are more local, with cabins, fiddlers and other scenes from Mountain life.

Vases with crystalline glazes from Pisgah Forest Pottery
Vases with crystalline glazes from Pisgah Forest Pottery

Walter Stephen also experimented with crystalline glazes. He is said to have pioneered the first crystalline glazes in the South. These are very complex glazes which he was able to master through trial and error.

When I first moved here, the pottery was still open and run by Thomas Case, Walter Stephen’s step-grandson. When he died, the contents of the pottery, some dating as far back as 1917, were donated to the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

Sugar Bowl, Creamer and Two Mugs in blue with slip cameo scenes of fiddler and spinning wheel - by Pisgah Forest Pottery
Sugar Bowl, Creamer and Two Mugs in blue with slip cameo scenes of fiddler and spinning wheel – by Pisgah Forest Pottery
Sugar Bowl, Creamer and Two Mugs in blue with slip cameo scenes of fiddler and spinning wheel - by Pisgah Forest Pottery
Sugar Bowl, Creamer and Two Mugs in blue with slip cameo scenes of fiddler and spinning wheel – by Pisgah Forest Pottery
Pisgah Forest Pottery with whimsical cameo scene
Pisgah Forest Pottery with whimsical cameo scene
Pisgah Forest Pottery with whimsical cameo scene
Pisgah Forest Pottery with whimsical cameo scene
Pisgah Forest Pottery with whimsical cameo scene
Pisgah Forest Pottery with whimsical cameo scene
Tea Pot, Creamer and Sugar Bowl from Pisgah Forest Pottery glazed in blue with horsemen, mountains and pine tree scenes
Tea Pot, Creamer and Sugar Bowl from Pisgah Forest Pottery glazed in blue with horsemen, mountains and pine tree scenes
Pisgah Forest Pottery with bright turquoise blue glaze
Pisgah Forest Pottery with bright turquoise blue glaze
Pisgah Forest Pottery Tea Pot
Pisgah Forest Pottery Tea Pot
Turquoise Blue and Green Glazed Vase from Pisgah Forest Pottery
Turquoise Blue and Green Glazed Vase from Pisgah Forest Pottery
Green Cameo Bowls, 1959 and 1960 from Pisgah Forest Pottery
Green Cameo Bowls, 1959 and 1960 from Pisgah Forest Pottery
Green Cameo Bowls, 1959 and 1960 from Pisgah Forest Pottery
Green Cameo Bowls, 1959 and 1960 from Pisgah Forest Pottery
Green Cameo Bowls, 1959 and 1960 from Pisgah Forest Pottery
Green Cameo Bowls, 1959 and 1960 from Pisgah Forest Pottery
Brilliant Turquoise Blue glazed Vases from Pisgah Forest Pottery
Brilliant Turquoise Blue glazed Vases from Pisgah Forest Pottery

You can see more Pisgah Forest Pottery at the Asheville Art Museum, 175 Biltmore Avenue · Asheville, NC.

Walter B. Stephen

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