Joel Queen


Joel Queen is a ninth-generation potter of the Bigmeat family in the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. His home is in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. His pottery is made the traditional way: hand-coiled, hand-polished, ground-fired. Joel was also in the forefront of the movement to bring back Cherokee stamped pottery, a style that dates back thousands of years.

Fire clouds on the stamped design surface of a North Carolina Cherokee storage jar
Storage jar with fire clouds on a stamped design surface
12 in H by 11 in Dia
Cherokee star pattern carved into a burnished black disk
Burnished black disk carved with Cherokee star pattern
2 3/4 in H by 9 1/4 in Dia
Handprint and outlines carved into a burnished black jar
Burnished black jar carved with handprint design
8 in H by 8 1/4 in Dia
Geometric design and fire clouds on a brown jar Brown jar with a geometric design and fire clouds
11 1/4 in H by 10 3/4 in Dia

Cherokee Potters

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Joel Queen