Catawba Indian potter Earl Robbins dies at age 87

CATAWBA INDIAN NATION, SC - CATAWBA INDIAN NATION, S.C. (AP) - Catawba Indian potter and South Carolina native Earl Robbins who created hundreds of pieces that are in museums around the world has died. He was 87.

Greene Funeral Home of Rock Hill confirmed that Robbins died Thursday at his home on the Catawba Indian Reservation east of Rock Hill.

No cause of death was given, but Robbins' daughter told The Herald of Rock Hill that her father had suffered from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Margaret Robbins told the newspaper that her father didn't know that his wife of 68 years, fellow potter Viola Robbins, had died in January.

The couple were among a handful of Catawba master potters who dig clay from a creek off the Catawba River, strain and hand-rub it before firing.

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