Burlon Craig Swirl Birdhouse
Made in Vale, NC

     For sale is this swirl birdhouse by Burlon Craig.
     Purhased from an estate sale in Gaston County, NC.
     Birdhouse is 8" tall and diameter is 5.5"
     Will sell for $150 plus shipping, or free pickup in Gaston County.

 
     The following article courtesy of Drexel Grapevine Antiques.

     North Carolina has had a pottery industry since colonial times. Potters settled in the Catawba Valley before the Civil War. Today there are many traditional folk potters working in the Catawba Valley and surrounding areas. Potters are located  in Valdese, Lenoir, Hickory, Morganton, Lincolnton, and Vale. Today the Catawba Valley is known as one of the Folk pottery centers of the nation. More than a dozen potters throw traditional alkaline glazed wares, and there are many studio potters in the area as well.  The majority of the Catawba Valley potters are concentrated along Highway 10, Southeast of Hickory, between Newton and Vale.

     Burlon Craig was perhaps the dean of contemporary folk potters. He carried forward with the folk pottery tradition from the 1930s to modern times. Without him, we probably would not have folk pottery being made in the Catawba Valley today. Mr. Craig passed away Sunday, July 7, 2002, he will be missed. Before the 1970s, little of Burlon's pottery was signed, the few pieces he signed from before this period, were signed using a nail, or some sharp instrument. I have seen pieces signed both Burlon B. Craig, and just BB. Craig. Some time during the 1970s legend goes that Rodney Cline had a BBC stamp carved for Burlon, and that was when they first started stamping. A later stamp says "B.B. Craig Vale, NC". Mr. Craig's son, Don Craig, and grandson, Dwayne Craig, are both potters.

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