CLEVELAND – The Potter statue located on the north end of the Courthouse Square in downtown Cleveland was dedicated officially Saturday and it represents a legacy in White County.
Attorney Bill House, who served on the committee that worked to get the statue placed on the square, said pottery got started in White County sometime in the 1820s.
“If you think about it, it was here before the Old Sautee Store was open, it was here before the gazebo was built on the Indian mound,” House said.
House said potters “would make dishes, all sorts of utilitarian items that were used in every household – it was important.”
Artist Gregory Johnson, who sculpted the statue, told the crowd, “We won't talk about the retail value of the statue, but it has gone up significantly since it was put in.”
Johnson said Cleveland can count the statue as an asset.