Oscar Bachelder was born in Wisconsin and left home at seventeen to travel across the country as an itinerant potter. He arrived in 1911 in the small mountain town of Luther, near Asheville, where he decided finally to settle down. He bought some land with clay deposits and started his own pottery. Bachelder was one of the first North Carolina potters to make the transition from utilitarian to art wares. Many of his wares have deceptively simple shapes and subtle shadings of colors.
Museum Purchase: Daisy Wade Bridges Fund from the Collection of Pat H. Johnston. H1981.24.8