Seagrove, NC - Old Ways in Mind: Historical American Pottery and Contemporary NC Potters will be the next exhibition at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, North Carolina. This exhibition will run from December 7, 2013 – March 10, 2014. The Opening Reception for Old Ways in Mind will be held on Saturday, December 7th, from 12:00-2:00 pm and is open to the public free of charge.

Curated by Brenda Hornsby Heindl, Old Ways in Mind will highlight North Carolina potters influenced by historical American pottery and the legacies of iconic potters and their families. This exhibition will explore why historic American pottery traditions are important for the present and future and an examination of the designs, methods, and materials important to potters in carrying out their work.

The exhibition will also examine American pottery kiln designs and the impact of these designs on the appearance of historical and contemporary pottery. Visitors will learn about how pottery is fired in a kiln and the importance of using natural materials and local clay in wood-fired kilns. Historic American pottery and traditions examined will include the Owens family, Jugtown Pottery, Dorothy and Walter Auman, Burlon Craig, cobalt-decorated stoneware in the South, alkaline glazing, salt glazing, Edgefield pottery, and  Alamance and Randolph County historic earthenware traditions.

Participating contemporary potters include Bob Armfield, Michel Bayne, Chad Brown, Kim Ellington, Mary Farrell, Brenda Heindl, Matt Jones, Sid Luck, Travis Owens, Hal Pugh and Eleanor Minnock-Pugh, and Joseph Sand. Select pieces of pottery in the exhibition will be for sale.

Additional information relating to educational programs to be held in conjunction with the Old Ways in Mind exhibition will be released in the near future.

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. 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.