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Pottery: bowl

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  • This undated blackware pottery bowl was made by Elizabeth Bigmeat Jackson (1919-2008). Elizabeth Bigmeat was raised on Wrights Creek in the Painttown community of Cherokee, North Carolina. A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, she was a third-generation potter. While she was a young child, she and her two sisters began making pottery with their mother, Charlotte Welch Bigmeat. After Elizabeth Bigmeat married, she moved to Flint, Michigan where she continued to make pottery, but brought it back to fire and sell at local craft shops. In 1979, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board and Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual organized an exhibiton of pottery by the Bigmeat sisters. The bowl is incised with a pattern around its circumference.