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New Life

Film by Jim Sharkey
Produced by Jim Sharkey
Cinematographer: Jim Sharkey
Editing: Jim Sharkey
Copyright: 2000, Jim Sharkey
55 minutes, Color
Original format: DV Mini, 2000
Distributor: Folkfilms
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Preview one minute trailer - Comment on film

A.R. Cole began building a barn in 1927 and asked his wife if it should be for tobacco or pottery. She did not have a preference and realized it was to be for pottery when the rafters were too short for tobacco. Thus continued the Cole family tradition begun in the 1600s in Staffordshire, England. Neolia (who was born on the day in 1927 when A.R. fired his first batch of pottery) and Celia, his daughters, continue the tradition today with Neolia's grandson, Kenneth, at their shop in Sanford, NC.

The video includes the pottery-making process - grinding clay, turning and drying pots, and unloading the kiln - along with comments from the potters.

Celia and Neolia Cole received a North Carolina Heritage Award in 2003.

Garrison Keillor has said that some of the most popular guests on A Prairie Home Companion are cute old folks and Southerners. Combine the two and you've got sisters Celia and Neolia (an Indian name meaning New Life, we are told) Cole, who here tell the story of the pottery business started by their father in 1927, carried on by their father and them through the years, and now continuing with the assistance of Neolia's grandson. The Coles started their pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina. However, in 1934, Mr. Cole moved the business to Sanford, NC to take advantage of the trade along Number One Highway (U.S. Highway One). Highly recommended.
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