90 miles south of Atlanta, Macon, Georgia, plays host each April to Fired Works, the largest exhibition and sale of functional and sculptural pottery in the state. More than an exhibit, the nine-day festival will also feature interactive opportunities for all ages to “play in the mud.” While in town for Fired Works, take time to explore Macon – the “Song and Soul of the South.” Visit ancient Indian mounds, experience the state’s largest collection of African American history, marvel at gorgeous antebellum architecture, tour the stomping grounds of music legends like Otis Redding, the Allman Brothers and Little Richard, chill out in the College Hill Corridor and titillate your taste buds with mouth-watering treats at an endless menu of eateries. Fired Works is a fund raiser for the non-profit Macon Arts Alliance, the designated local arts agency of Macon-Bibb County. Proceeds are used to support, promote and advocate for the multi-million dollar arts and culture industry in Macon-Bibb County and throughout Central Georgia, serving more than 60 arts and cultural organizations and the fine arts programs of five universities throughout the mid-state, reaching an audience of more than 500,000. For festival information go to www.FiredWorksMacon.com.
- Fired Works features more than 6,000 pieces of pottery by 65 ceramic artists from Georgia and the Southeast.
- Fired Works began as a local pottery show and has grown to become the largest exhibit of functional and sculptural pottery in Georgia.
- In 2015, the event continues a partnership with the Ocmulgee National Monument to highlight the connection of pottery-making to more than 15,000 years of continuous human habitation in the Ocmulgee River Region.
- Today, potters around the world prefer Georgia’s clay, whether deep red in color or “white gold” kaolin, creating works of art both functional and decorative out of the very same earth as the people who lived here in the Southeast thousands of years ago.
- Unearthed urns and bowls in a variety of shapes and sizes and decorated with geometric stamps and etchings are on display today at Macon’s Ocmulgee National Monument, the protected lands where these ancient cultures lived and worshipped long before Europeans began establishing colonies here.
- One of the continent’s richest sites for early Native American artifacts is the area around the Ocmulgee National Monument, where the oldest piece of stamped pottery ever found in North America was discovered.