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Owens Pottery of NC: North Carolina's Route 705 is the Pottery Highway

Posted on 11/11/17

WITH A TURN OF THE WHEEL: TRAVEL NORTH CAROLINA’S POTTERY HIGHWAY.  

Its official name is North Carolina Highway 705 (NC 705) but it is better known as the Pottery Highway. The towns along this 26-mile stretch of road are home to about 100 potteries, many of them clustered around the hamlet of Seagrove, where eighth- and ninth-generation potters produce hand-turned or "hand-thrown" pottery. Pottery making has flourished in the area since before the American Revolution, anchored in the high-quality local clay. Thousands of visitors now come annually to watch the craft tradition carried out and to take home locally made pieces.

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