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Near Pinehurst

Seagrove Pottery

Seagrove Pottery | Seagrove, NC


Photo credit: Randolph County, NC

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Go to the heart of North Carolina and you’ll find clay country. In prehistoric times, Native Americans fashioned pots from the clay, and since the 1700s, artisans have recognized the quality of earth found in Randolph, Moore and Montgomery counties. The result has been, and continues to be, pottery that is world-renowned and highly prized.

Today, the name Seagrove identifies the historical and geographical pottery community, which includes potters who have grown up in pottery families and continued traditions begun by their forefathers many generations ago.

The good news is that approximately 100 pottery shops and many more potters are active in the area, providing a virtual smorgasbord of designs, colors, shapes and functions. Some are more faithful to traditions than others. Many of the potters have their work in homes and galleries worldwide. Others have small studios where you can watch them work, and then, pick out a favored piece to bring home.

There are several pottery shops in the tiny town of Seagrove, which is also home to the NC Pottery Center. However, many potteries can be found in the rural area near the town. Maps are available that show potteries located along Highway 705, or its side roads. The Seagrove Area Potters Association will help visitors find those hard-working artisans.

Ask and you can find pottery demonstrations, and perhaps a lesson or two in the ancient art of throwing a pot.

WOW Factor:  It’s overwhelming – and awe-inspiring. To find so many talented people, many of them working in much the same manner as their great-great grandparents did, is nothing short of humbling. The pots are gorgeous, and you will want to bring one or more of these beauties home. Do so, and help keep these remarkable traditions alive and available to the world.

Hint: Plan, plan, plan. Contact the websites listed below, as well as area visitor centers. There are B&Bs and fun restaurants to enjoy during your visit, and the area is easily found from Pinehurst or environs.

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