Nola Campbell Photograph
Nola Campbell was born in 1918 on the Catawba Indian Reservation. She is one of seven children to James Davey and Maggie Price Harris. She started making potter around the age of 12. By the age of 15, Nola was well on her way to becoming a master potter. She learned to make coil-formed pottery from Master Potter, Georgia Harris. Over the next 60 years, Mrs. Campbell followed the teachings of her mentor and produced some of the finest examples of Catawba pottery. While her pots fall within the traditional Catawba forms, her work stands apart for its excellent craftsmanship. She shares her gift by providing support and teaching her techniques to the next generation of Catawba potters. Through demonstrations at schools, museums, and festivals, Mrs. Campbell contines to gather, process, and couil local clay to form beautiful wood fired pots as her ancestors did. Nola was awarded in 1999 with the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award.