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Self-Portrait of Billy Hussey Examining Pots After Firing

circa 1980

Billy R. Hussey (American, 1955 - present)

Billy Ray Hussey grew up across the road from Owens Pottery, where he watched his great-uncle, Melvin Lee Owens, turn wares. In 1986 Hussey established his own pottery, where he uses local clay fired in a wood-burning kiln. He is best known for his sculptures, which are in the folk tradition and often humorous. On the back of this portrait, Hussey wrote the humorous and self-deprecating inscription “Just a Southern Boy out-smarting a piece of mud on his own, Bless ‘em Lord.”

Place object was created: Moore Co., NC


Measurements:    height: 11 inches    width: 6 inches

Gift of Rick and Dot Kimelman 1997.22

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