Interpreter began Prairietown potter’s role 38 years ago


Interpreter Larry Gilliam demonstrates his pottery skills to a school group inside the potter’s shop in Prairietown.

By Hannah Kiefer
If visitors have ever purchased a piece of the beautiful pottery sold in the Conner Prairie Store, there’s a good chance it was made by Larry Gilliam – although they may know him better as Mr. Barker, owner of the pottery shop in 1836 Prairetown.

“I’ve touched probably all the pottery that we have here,” he said. He added that although he oversees all of the pottery production, he definitely couldn’t do it without help from fellow interpreters Sarah Richcreek and Jessica Madsen, who also work on pottery. Continue reading