Juliana Royster Busbee Papers
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Newspaper clippings, magazines in which Jacques' articles appeared, miscellaneous items in the possession of Juliana Busbee before her death, exhibit brochures, correspondence and documents relating to the legal battle over Jugtown in 1959, and recent correspondence relative to the current "Jugtown Pottery" are also included.
- 1911 - 1981
- Busbee, Juliana (Person)
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Jacques Busbee died in 1947. In 1960, John Mare bought Jugtown Pottery and hired Vernon Owens as the Jugtown thrower. After the sudden deaths of John Mare and Juliana Busbee in 1962, Owens leased the business and kept it going for six years, until it was sold to Country Roads, Inc., a nonprofit organization working toward the preservation of hand crafts.
Under the direction of Country Roads, Nancy Sweezy served as director and potter. Sweezy changed the earthenware glazes to fritted lead glazes, then developed a new line of high temperature glazes in order to make them lead-free. She also developed a completely different line of complex colors, including Blueridge Blue, Cinnamon, a different Tobacco Spit, Mustard and Dogwood White. Sweezy also set up an apprenticeship program that served over thirty pottery students from 1969 through 1980.
In 1983 Country Roads moved on to another project, and Vernon Owens bought Jugtown. He has run it with his wife Pam Owens since then. Pam and Vernon opened the Jugtown Museum in 1988. Jugtown Pottery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
0.40 Linear Feet (1 box)
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