D. X. Gordy

D. X. Gordy

September 28, 1913

D.X. Gordy

Dorris Xerxes Gordy was born in Aberdeen (Fayette County) Georgia on September 28, 1913. His father was William Thomas Bellah Gordy, a well-known potter of Aberdeen who had previously worked a kiln in Alvaton (Meriwether County, Ga.) The elder Gordy’s pottery style had been influenced from pioneer potters that worked in Upson County, Georgia (“Jugtown”) and Edgefield, South Carolina, as well as those of his own father. After the death of their father in 1955, D. X., with his younger brother Bill, continued the pottery tradition. Both had quit school to help their father make pieces of crockery such as churns, flowerpots, bricks and jugs, some of which were sold at the gift shop at Warm Springs’ Little White House. D. X. became a well known and popular potter in his own right. He was once the pottery demonstrator at Westville in Lumpkin (Stewart County) and maintained a tourist shop in Primrose (Meriwether County) near his home. Some of his works are displayed at the Smithsonian Institute, The FDR Museum and Macon. Although he lived in Meriwether County, he always felt like Fayette County was his home. D. X. Gordy died on August 26, 1994

Source:                   The History of Fayette County 1821 – 1971

Brothers in Clay

Fayette Citizen


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