Leslie Lovell, Savannah GA

Clementine Hunter (1886-1988) - The Clementine Hunter Ceramic Collection - Pottery

Clementine Hunter (1886-1988), born of Creole decent in Louisiana, worked on Melrose Plantation where she first picked cotton. She was later brought into the Big House to cook and clean.

Around the age of 50 Melrose had become an artist mecca. Artists left paints and brushes so Clementine would keep the discards and began to “mark some pictures” as she referenced painting. Her paintings were memory paintings from life on Melrose Plantation. Her first painting sold for 25¢ and have sold up to $10,000 in present day.

"I paint the story of my people. The things that happened to me and the ones I know. My paintings tell how we worked, played and prayed. God puts those pictures in my head and I puts them on canvas, like he wants me to," says Clementine.

This folk art legend, often referenced as the Black Grandma Moses, has helped to depict plantation life from the 20th century through her paintings.

Each plate, platter and bowl in the Clementine Hunter Collection is hand molded and hand painted so no two are alike. For each piece sold, a percentage of the proceeds are given back to her estate.

Clementine Hunter (1886-1988) - The Clementine Hunter Ceramic Collection - Pottery

“Painting is a lot harder than pickin’ cotton. Cotton’s right there for you to pull off the stalk, but to paint, you got to sweat your mind" - Clementine Hunter