Seagrove, NC - “Teachers of Tradition: NC’s Folk Heritage Award-Winning Potters,” a temporary exhibition highlighting and honoring the exemplary work of thirteen of the state’s outstanding traditional potters, opens with a reception on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from noon-2:00 p.m. The North Carolina Pottery Center, located in Seagrove, NC, will be open to the public, free of charge, for the reception. The exhibition will run through Saturday, April 26, 2014.

First presented in 1989 by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Folk Heritage Award recognizes the state’s outstanding traditional artists for their lifetime achievements and their dedication to the preservation of those crafts not only through their own work, but also through passing those traditions along.

Past Folk Heritage Award potter recipients include Dorothy and Walter Auman, Burlon Craig, Vernon Owens, Amanda Swimmer, Nell Cole Graves, Louise Bigmeat Maney, Melvin Lee Owens, Celia Cole Perkinson, Neolia Cole Womack, Senora Lynch. Arnold Richardson and Sid Luck are receiving the award this year, on May 20, 2014, at the A.J. Fletcher Opera House in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Examples of all of these potters’ work will be on display at the center as part of the exhibition.

Because the exhibition will only be up for a limited time, from March 22 – April 26, 2014, we strongly encourage visitors to go ahead and make plans to visit the center as this exhibition is a special one.

The North Carolina Pottery Center wishes to thank the North Carolina Arts Council Folklife Program for the use of images and texts relating to award winners.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, The John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, and the Goodnight Educational 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.

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.