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Duke Energy Collection

The Duke Energy Collection (2006-present)

The acquisitions of the Thomas J. Blumer Collection and selected pieces from other USCL pottery collections have been made possible, in part, through grants from Duke Energy.  USCL also has a separate Duke Energy Collection which is made up of pieces purchased solely with grants from Duke Energy.  These pieces have been instrumental in building on-campus exhibits as well as pottery loans and traveling exhibits to other institutions.


South Carolina Budget and Control Board Collection

The South Carolina Budget and Control Board Collection (2007)

The South Carolina Budget and Control Board Collection, funded by grant money awarded to USCL’s Native American Studies Program in 2007, holds eighteen pieces from nine contemporary Catawba potters including Keith Brown, Margaret Robbins, and Caroleen Sanders.


Phillip Wingard Pottery and Pipe Collection
The Phillip Wingard Pottery and Pipe Collection (2008-2010)

At one hundred and fifty-nine pieces, the Phillip Wingard Pottery and Pipe Collection is the center’s second largest pottery collection.   Created from pieces purchased with grants from Duke Energy and donations from Phillip Wingard, this collection holds many pieces used in the center’s Educational Collection.


Thomas J. Blumer Collection
The Thomas J. Blumer Collection (2009)

Containing over a thousand pieces, this is the largest Catawba pottery collection within our holdings.  With dates ranging from late 1800s through 2005, this compilation of vessels is a valuable resource for curators and researchers alike. 


The Melanie Zerance Collection (2010)

At forty-three pieces, the Melanie Zerance Collection is a small but significant collection that containing Catawba and Cherokee pottery.   The works by Maude Welch, Ethel Bigmeat, and Rebecca Youngbird held within this collection create a strong tie between the center’s archive material and the pottery collection.  Many of these pieces include information or photographs that can be referenced for more information and background about the artists’ processes.  It is also important to note that these pieces exhibit a visual link of the Catawba influence on Cherokee pottery.


The Educational Collection (2010-present)

Founded in 2010, this small assortment of pottery is compiled from the entire NAS Pottery Collection and used by USCL Native American Studies Committee members for teaching, lectures, or other educational purposes.  To keep the selection of pieces relevant, the container list is reviewed and updated yearly, and its contents are determined by the NAS committee. 


For more information please contact:
Brittany Taylor, Instructor of Art and Curator of Collections
taylorbd@mailbox.sc.edu

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