BiographyCharles Moore was born in 1935. He grew up near Jugtown Pottery in North Carolina, eventually working for the pottery with owner Juliana Busbee. Jugtown Pottery is located eight miles south of Seagrove, NC, in the community of Westmoore. According to his biographers, he ground clay, loaded and fired kilns, and kept order on the pottery grounds.
In 1960, when the Jugtown Pottery was sold, he began working as a potter. Moore created the method of combining the Jugtown white glaze with the Frogskin glaze to make a glaze called Blank Ankle. Moore created a pattern and made whirligigs with women churning butter. He also began creating animal forms such as chickens, cats and other animals. In the mid-1980s, Moore added catfish to his repertoire.
Moore created numerous pieces on the wheel including facejugs, coasters, round tiles for serving dishes and condiment bowls. In 2001, he opened Moore’s Critters, marketing pieces, which he made available directly to his customers. At this site, he built a groundhog kiln where he made and fired orange earthenware. Moore died on January 9, 2007.
The catfish in the Fine Arts Collection were given to donor Jane Kemp in 1993 as a farewell gift after she completed an internship at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC. Kemp donated the catfish to the Fine Arts Collection in 2007.
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