Seagrove, NC - The Celebration of Seagrove Potters Spring Kiln Openings takes place on the weekend of April 21 and 22, 2018, from 9 am to 5 pm. This is a special 10th-anniversary event where visitors can celebrate Spring on a self-guided tour of individual pottery galleries, studios, and workshops in the Handmade Pottery Capital of the USA. Seagrove’s title of #1 Town in America for Craft Lovers, makes this event even more extraordinary. The tour is held at participating shops located in the downtown city center and throughout the countryside. Go behind the scenes to experience the process first hand and have the unique opportunity to meet the artists before buying handmade pottery to take home and enjoy.

Spring has always been a time for renewal and awakening in Seagrove. For this year's 10th anniversary, an unprecedented number shops are opening their doors at the same time to celebrate spring. From the downtown and nestled throughout the countryside, visitors can tour individual potter’s studios and workshops and shop for pottery pieces fresh from the kilns. Some potteries will have demonstrations, hands-on activities, food, and music.

Those attending will have the opportunity to win a gift certificate for $150 that can be used at one of the participating Celebration of Spring shops. Pick up a card at one of the shops, get it stamped in six shops and mail it back by May 5, 2018. Qualifying cards will be entered in a drawing, which will take place the weekend of May 12. This event is presented by the Seagrove Area Potters Association.

To plan your trip in advance visit our website and look at the Spring Tour Guide, including a map, shop hours and listing of the participating shops.

List of Participants for 2018: Ben Owen Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, Blue Stone Pottery, Bulldog Pottery, Cady Clay Works, Cagle Road Pottery, Carolina Crockery, Chris Luther Pottery, Chriscoe Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Daniel & Kate Johnston Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, Dirt Works Pottery, Donna Craven Pottery, Donna's Pottery Haven, Dover Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, From the Ground Up, Great White Oak Gallery, Hatfield Pottery, Humble Mill Pottery, JLK Jewelry at Jugtown, Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, Keith Martindale Pottery, Kings Pottery, Kovack Pottery, Latham's Pottery, Levi Mahan Pottery, Luck's Ware Pottery, Lufkin Pottery, Matthew Kelly Pottery, McNeill Pottery, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery, Nichols Pottery, O'Quinn Pottery, Old Gap Pottery, Pottery Junction, Pottery Road Studio & Gallery, Potts Pottery, Redhare Pottery, Ray Pottery, Rock House Pottery, Seagrove Art Pottery, Seagrove Creations, Seagrove Stoneware Pottery, Smith Pottery, Studio Touya, Stuempfle Pottery, Thomas Pottery, Tom Gray Pottery, Triple C Pottery, Turn & Burn, Village Pottery, Whynot Pottery & Acacia Tile, Windsong Pottery, Wyndham & Brookhaven Pottery.

More About Seagrove:  Seagrove is in the central piedmont of North Carolina. Seagrove is the largest community of potters with the longest continual history of pottery making in the United States. It has been named the Pottery Capital of the USA and #1 Town in America for Craft Lovers. More than 100 ceramic artists call this tourist destination home. Seagrove potteries are open year- round and visitors can shop galleries and studios from the town’s center, extending to a 20-mile radius along the scenic NC Pottery Highway. Tour different shops to experience Seagrove’s pottery tradition, meet the potters and discover the limitless talent that thrives within this creative community.

Seagrove’s long history of pottery making began with the abundant and varied natural clay deposits found in the vicinity. This history has continued with 5th and 6th generations carrying on the tradition. Due to the area’s rich heritage, national and international ceramic artists have relocated to Seagrove, adding to the diversity of this unique pottery community. Seagrove is also the home of the North Carolina Pottery Center, which features permanent collections, history, educational programs, research and preservation.

Event contact information: Alexa Modderno at 336/707-9124. Seagrove Area Potters Association, P. O. Box 309, Seagrove, NC, 27341.