Raymond’s unusual clay pot

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Online auction win leads to more than expected

By Nancy Parsons

When Zan Garris Raymond found out “Antiques Roadshow” was taping in Atlanta, Ga., she gathered several pieces from her collection of Catawba Indian pottery and set out with her husband for the series taping.
“I’ve always been a fan of ‘Roadshow,’” Raymond said. “It was a fun experience. I had no clue if I’d be on TV.”
Appraiser Bruce Shackelford looked at Raymond’s pieces of pottery and instructed her to wait. Minutes later, Raymond was informed that the producers wanted to tape the appraisal of her three largest pieces of pottery.
During the filming of “Antiques Roadshow,” Raymond learned her largest piece was made by Sara Ayers, dated 1980, with a value of $2,500 to $3,000. The other two pieces were not signed but Shackelford believes they were also made by Sara Ayers and valued at $200 each.
“The Antiques Roadshow” appraisal can be seen on their website: www.pbs.org/roadshow/index.html.