B.R. Hilton and Judy Petrie
Permanent Collection 2012.01.38
Born and raised in the Catawba Valley. Boyd Robert Hilton, continues his family's tradition of pottery making. The Hilton pottery legacy began in 1865 when John Wesley Hilton returned from the Civil War and took up the craft. Hilton's style includes blues that start at the edge of his work and slowly blends into the glaze. B.R. is the son of the celebrated potter Boyd Hilton.
Judy Petrie began working in pottery using pieces sculpted for her by her longtime friend Boyd S. Hilton. After his passing B.R. Hilton has been responsible for turning the majority of her pottery. Petrie works in Carolina Cameo which is incredibly rare. The process involves free hand painting a bas-relief design using porcelain. After each coat the painting rises, creating an image with many three dimensional levels. The final product is a work that is both usable and beautiful.