Nancy Sweezy, well known for her role in preserving the Jugtown pottery tradition, departed this life on February 6, 2010, at the age of 88.
Sweezy was already established as a potter and a proponent of folk art traditions when she came to North Carolina to run Jugtown in 1968. Her interest in the Southern pottery tradition resulted in publication of Raised In Clay - The Southern Pottery Tradition by the University of North Carolina Press in 1984. This work is an essential book for students and collectors of Southern pottery.
In 2006, Sweezy was awarded the Bess Lomax Hawes Award and a National Heritage Fellowship Award -- a lifetime honor presented to master folk and traditional artists -- by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Obituary by Raleigh Newsobserver.com -- Sweezy, 88, revived jugtown