Waynesboro’s John Bell was one of the most accomplished potters of nineteenth century America. But he was also one member of a multi-generational pottery making dynasty that stretched from Pennsylvania through Maryland and into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Join us as we place John Bell’s career into the context of his larger family, including his father Peter and brothers Solomon and Samuel, among others.
Following the lecture will be an in-depth look at sherds, kiln furniture, and other artifacts recovered from the John Bell Pottery in Waynesboro, part of the collection of the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies (NCSS). Guests will also be able to view an extensive collection of original Bell Family pieces in the Renfrew Visitors Center gallery and purchase a chance to win fine reproductions handcrafted by ceramicists including Lynette King, Jack Handshaw, James Smith (previous NCCS Executive Director), Mike McIntyre, and Anne Aden. Additional Bell reproductions will be for sale in the Renfrew gift shop.
About the Speaker: Nick Powers is Curator of Collections at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia. A native of the Shenandoah Valley, he graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a degree in History. In 2014, he graduated from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. At the MSV, Powers researches, exhibits, and lectures on the museum’s collection of Valley fine, decorative, and folk art, as well as the comprehensive collection of museum benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910-1992). Powers is the author of several articles on Shenandoah Valley and Southern decorative arts and material culture.
This special program is made possible through partnership by: