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North Carolina the “Pottery State”

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Ben Owen at potter's wheel. From state publication, Hand Crafts in North Carolina.

According to a recent article in the News and Observer  North Carolina is known as the “pottery state.” The story discusses the the state’s rich tradition of making pottery. To read the article from the N&O please go here,

For more information on North Carolina pottery check out the following resources from the Government and Heritage Libary 

 NCpedia  – Overview on pottery:


Selections from the GHL collections:

Contemporary Pottery from North Carolina’s American Indian Communities by Sally Peterson, North Carolina Pottery Center, Goosepen Studio & Press, 2009.



 The Living Tradition: North Carolina Potters Speak edited by Denny Hubbard Mecham, the North Carolina Pottery Center by Goosepen Studio & Press, 2009.



The Potter’s Eye:  Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery by Mark Hewitt and Nancy Sweezy, N.C. Museum of Art –  UNC Press, 2005.





The Remarkable Potters of Seagrove: The Folk Pottery of a Legendary North Carolina Community (A Lark Ceramics Book)The Remarkable Potters of Seagrove: The Folk Pottery of a Legendary North Carolina Communityby Charlotte Vestal Brown, Lark Books, 2006.

Don’t forget to check out this month’s Explore NC page highlighting NC Arts and Crafts including pottery,

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