Library displays 50 years of Polly Lee's pottery


December 9, 2021

Chris Basinger / Petersburg Pilot

From left to right: A piece that was coil formed with a wheel thrown neck and a brown matte glaze, a piece hand built in sections with a light glaze, and a wheel thrown piece with pulled handles, a carved design, and a white matte glaze.

The Petersburg Public Library is showcasing a 50-year retrospective of Polly Lee's ceramic art this month.

The art was originally scheduled to be shown in November, but since the recent COVID-19 outbreak closed the library, the show was extended.

Polly started creating ceramics in 1955, cutting clay from the banks near the big dip with her husband Eldor Lee.

"She and my dad would go out and get buckets of clay and try and use that and so there's a few pieces in the show that feature those early first creations from local clay," Polly's daughter Anne Lee said.

Though she used it in her early wo...

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