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Seagrove Pottery in Pinehurst

seagroveMake your visit to Pinehurst even more memorable by bringing home a piece of North Carolina’s rich pottery tradition. Seagrove, NC is less than an hour’s drive from the Pinehurst area, and most of the many potteries there welcome visitors.

The Seagrove area is one of the largest communities of potters with the longest continual history of pottery making in the United States. The area is home to more than 100 potters who offer a full spectrum of pottery and ceramic art. With a diversity of talents, Seagrove has something to offer both the serious collector and the casual buyer.

Those who have visited a pottery shop or studio in the Seagrove area of North Carolina have learned some basic lessons about handmade pottery. They have learned that making pottery is much more complicated than one might think, requiring years of practice, honing skills on the potter’s wheel as well as gaining knowledge of clays, glazes and firing techniques. They have also learned that handmade pottery is beautiful, and seductive. Whether utilitarian or decorative, the piec - es that come from the hands of the potter enrich the daily lives of those who take them into their homes, and often lead to a life- long love affair with handmade objects.

The potters of the Seagrove area are a hardworking, dedicated and quirky bunch. Though each potter’s work is quite unique, a shared enthusiasm for clay unites them all as they contribute to the ongoing Sea - grove tradition. Potters share a camaraderie defined by this very diversity. They educate and inspire one another, help one another fire massive kilns, lend glaze ingredients, provide assistance to one of their own in need, and support the greater community by donating their time, talents and artwork to many charitable organizations.

It is not unusual to find third-generation pottery customers driving the country roads on any given day, visiting potters that have become old friends, as well as checking out new shops that have opened since their last visit. The slow pace of rural life and the quiet of the countryside are a balm for city dwellers, who return time and again.

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Traditions Magazine, P.O. Box 1112 • Pinehurst, NC 28370 • Phone:843.251.6094 •This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.