Charles F. Decker - Master Potter

Charles F. Decker, a Master Potter, made his mark in the genre of pottery in Appalachia through a life committed to perfecting a craft that was an essential commodity in the 19th century.  A leading innovator of his day, Keystone Pottery was dominant in the industry.

Even more important than his contribution to the genre of art in Appalachia, is his acculturation into Appalachia.  German by birth, Decker discovered his sense of place, used the materials available to perfect his craft, immersed himself in the community, passed along the pottery trade to his sons, and became not only a successful potter, but a good friend and neighbor.  He was an Appalachian in the purest sense of the word; and his pottery is now considered Appalachian art.



curated by Sandy Laws