It's Just Dirt! The Historic Art Potteries of North Carolina's Seagrove Region by Stephen C. Compton (Author) 

Saturday, September 13, 2014 Schedule

11:00 – 11:20 Book Discussion

11:20 – 12:00 Book Signing

12:00 – 2:00 Pottery Identification (Maximum 3 Pieces)

Light Refreshments Served

Free to the Public, Donations Encouraged

Steve Compton (Raleigh) is an avid collector of historic North Carolina Pottery. The author of numerous articles related to NC potters and potteries, Steve is also the author of North Carolina Pottery: Earthenware, Stoneware and Fancyware and Seagrove Potteries Through Time. Formerly the President of the NCPC BOD, Steve is a founding member of the North Carolina Collectors’ Guild, serves on the North Carolina Pottery Center Board and is the current chair of the exhibition committee.

According to Steve, “Located near the geographic heart of North Carolina, Seagrove is known as the pottery town. Though not the only place where pottery has been made in the state, when you say Seagrove to people, they suspect that you're talking about pottery. From its modest 18th century beginnings with a few Quaker potters from Pennsylvania and Nantucket, the Seagrove region today hosts more than one hundred potters. This is its history.” All of Steve’s books, including this newest one, will be available for purchase in the Pottery Center gift shop on September 13.

An eighth generation North Carolinian, Steve’s interests include the state’s 18th and 19th century earthenware and stoneware traditions, as well as its early to mid-20th century art potteries, and how these traditions inform the work of hundreds of the state’s contemporary clay artists today.

The North Carolina Pottery Center is proud to present this educational and entertaining event to the public. We encourage you to bring in old North Carolina pottery pieces to find out more about them.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. 

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue - Sat 10 am - 4 pm. For more information, please call 336.873.8430, visit, or find us on Facebook.