Lanier Meaders

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Lanier Meaders
Born Quillan Lanier Meaders
(1917-10-04)October 4, 1917
Mossy Creek, Georgia U.S.
Died February 5, 1998(1998-02-05) (aged 80)
Mossy Creek, Georgia U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Q. Lanier Meaders
Occupation Potter

Quillan Lanier Meaders (October 4, 1917–February 5, 1998)[1] was an American potter best known for his face jugs for which he was regarded as a master of the form.[2]

Early life[edit]

Face jug, 1979

Meaders' grandfather, John Milton Meaders, started his pottery business in the community of Mossy Creek, Georgia, in 1893, employing his five sons. Lanier's father, Cheever Meaders, took over the business in 1920. Meaders continued the traditional ceramic craftsmanship of his forefathers by producing alkaline-glazed stoneware solely working with a foot-powered treadle wheel and a wood-fired kiln. Like his father, he employed materials that were indigenous to the region in the production of his stoneware. His ash glaze was made of Albany slip and regular stonewear clay, sifted ashes from his kiln and powdered calcium carbonate. Meaders typically created pieces in earth-brown, olive-green and rust-gray similar to those while a young apprentice to his father.[3][4]


Signature on jug

Meaders' contributions to Southern folk art have been recognized by multiple entities including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian, and the Library of Congress. His work is exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution[5] and various museums across the United States. In 1978 he and his mother, Arie Meaders, were honorees of the Library of Congress with Meaders Pottery Day.[3] He was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1983,[6] and was the recipient of the Governor's Award for the Arts in 1987.


  1. ^ "Quillian Lanier Meaders (1917 - 1998) - Find A Grave Memorial". Find a Grave. 5 February 1988. 
  2. ^ "Face Jug by Reggie Meaders - intuitive eye". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Museums & Historic Sites". 23 February 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Head, Tarp. "Lanier Meaders - Meaders Pottery". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Face Jug by Quillan Lanier Meaders / American Art". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "NEA National Heritage Fellowships - NEA". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 

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