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Unveiling Our Newest Exhibit: The Language of Clay Grand Opening

Monday, April 08, 2024 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We are thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited grand opening of our latest exhibit, "The Language of Clay," which took place here at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage on March 2nd.

This captivating showcase delves into the rich history and cultural significance of clay and pottery to the Catawba Nation of South Carolina. 

Visitors of all ages can now take a journey through time, exploring the artistry, traditions, and stories woven into every clay creation on display. As always, exhibits at the Morris Center are free and open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Exploring the Legacy of Clay

Curated by and on loan from the University of South Carolina Lancaster, The Language of Clay exhibit invites you to learn about how pottery making is the single most unbroken material tradition of the Catawba Nation's long history. 

Dozens of clay pottery pieces created by Catawba artisans from the 19th century to the present are here to view and examine. Each piece represents various Catawba traditions and legends. 

Learn about the techniques passed down through generations, the cultural influences shaping each piece, and the role of pottery in everyday life. 

Discover the stories behind the hands that shape the clay through oral histories and stories from those who are preserving pottery-making traditions. 

Guests of the museum will gain insight into their creative processes, inspirations, and the significance of their work in preserving Catawba heritage.

Meet the Artisans

At the heart of "The Language of Clay" are the talented artisans who breathe life into clay. The exhibition highlights the Catawba tribe’s rich cultural legacy, inviting patrons to gain a deeper understanding of the artistry and significance embedded in each clay creation. 

Together with the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, we are offering live demonstrations workshops where guests can see local artisans hand-build with clay. Secure your complimentary seat at these workshops here. 

Interactive Guided Tours

"The Language of Clay" goes beyond the surface to uncover the hidden stories embedded in each piece of pottery. You are invited to join us for complimentary guided tours on the following dates:

  1. Tuesday, April 09, 2024, 6:00 - 7:00 PM 

  2. Friday, April 19, 2024, 1:00 - 2:00 PM 

  3. Thursday, May 02, 2024, 5:00 - 6:00 PM 

  4. Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 PM 

Register for your preferred tour date here. 

Uncovering Hidden Stories

Experience the magic of clay firsthand with our interactive exhibits designed for all ages. Roll up your sleeves and try your hand at pottery-making techniques under the guidance of experienced artisans. Explore the textures, colors, and shapes of clay through sensory stations and hands-on activities that bring the art of pottery to life.

graphic describing molding together guided tours


"The Language of Clay" promises to be a truly immersive and enlightening experience for all who visit. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the art, history, and cultural significance of clay in the Lowcountry. Come discover the stories waiting to be told in every piece of pottery, and experience the magic of clay firsthand at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage.

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage




PO Box 1116
Ridgeland, SC 29936


Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd.
Ridgeland, SC 29936

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