Seagrove Area Potters Association

Since the late 1700s, the Seagrove area of North Carolina has been an important pottery center.  Today, there are close to 100 active potteries in this region, and many of them have joined together to form the Seagrove Area Potters Association (SAPA).
 
The Seagrove area is not limited to the small town of Seagrove itself.  The SAPA members are potters who live and work in Randolph, Moore, and Montgomery counties in central North Carolina.  Several of them are located along NC Hwy 705, giving the road its nickname of "Pottery Road." 
 
Another pottery hotspot in the Seagrove area is Busbee Road, which is named after Jacques and Juliana Busbee. This couple is credited with bringing national, and even world-wide, attention to Seagrove pottery in the early twentieth century.  The pottery created in the Seagrove area during this time was well-known in galleries and shops across the country, and it is still highly collectible.  Ever since the Busbees came to town, Seagrove has had a reputation for creative, unique, high-quality pottery.
 
From to the elegant stoneware platters of Thomas Pottery to the folk art face jugs of Crystal King Pottery, the members of the SAPA represent many different styles and art forms.  Quite a few of them are from pottery families who have worked with clay for generations.  David Garner of Turn and Burn Pottery, for example, comes from a family whose pottery lineage dates back 300 years.
 
If you’re looking for an up close, personal experience with the pottery making process, a tour of the Seagrove area potteries is an ideal opportunity.  The potters of the Seagrove area welcome visitors, and the SAPA helps tourists plan their visits.  The SAPA website and Visitor’s Guide list hours of operation and other important information about local potters.

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Seagrove Potters Celebration

The Seagrove area of North Carolina has a rich pottery history, with one of the largest communities of potters in the United States. This year, more than 60 of those potters have joined together to organize an event to showcase both the traditional and contemporary pottery of the area.  Celebration of Seagrove Potters will take place at the historic Luck’s Cannery from November 21-23, 2008.
 
Celebration of Seagrove Potters is a three day pottery show and sale that will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 21 with a gala event.  Tickets to the opening night gala will be $35. The ticket price includes food, drink, entertainment, and the opportunity to preview and purchase pottery.  There will also be a chance to bid on one-of-a-kind collaborative pieces created by teams of local potters. Some of these pieces can be previewed on the event’s website.  Auction proceeds will be donated to a local charity.
 
The show will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22 and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 23. Guests will be able to purchase pottery, meet the artists, and view demonstrations.  To add to the festive atmosphere, there will be music, food, and even activities for the kids.
 
The event’s location in itself is an interesting piece of North Carolina history. Luck’s Cannery was a major part of the Seagrove community from 1947 until 2002.  The Luck’s warehouse where the event will take place is located just south of Seagrove on NC Highway 705, know to locals as Pottery Highway.
 
There will truly be something for everyone at this event.  It’s a great opportunity for avid collectors as well as those who are just curious about pottery.  For more information, or for purchasing gala tickets, visit www.celebrationofseagrovepotters.com or send an email to contact@celebrationofseagrovepotters.com.

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