“Seagrove is a mecca visited by potters from across the country,” says David Fernandez, Seagrove’s mayor, and potter at Seagrove Stoneware Pottery. “Some of them, like myself, have stayed. The tradition and the availability of materials attract the potters. Customers realize that in one location they can find virtually anything made out of pottery."
Celebration organizer Mary Holmes says sales during this annual weekend event support many potters through the winter. “This year’s event—coming in the wake of the pandemic when people haven’t traveled much—has never been more important for the sustainability of our community."
The public is invited to start their tour at Luck’s Cannery at 798 NC-705, Seagrove, NC 27341. A welcome tent will be staffed with volunteers wearing masks to answer questions and share a printed pottery map. The map offers a guide to the tour studios and shops. Pottery maps are also available for download at https://discoverseagrove.com/celebration. An online pottery auction will also begin Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. at the website.
The potters participating in the tour are: Ben Owen Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, David Stuempfle Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, Dirtworks Pottery, Donna’s Pottery Haven, Eck McCanless Pottery, From the Ground Up, Hatfield Pottery, Hickory Hill Pottery, JLK Jewelry at Jugtown Pottery, Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, Keith Martindale Pottery, Kovack Pottery, Pottery Road Studio and Gallery, Luck’s Ware, Matthew Kelly Pottery, McNeill’s Pottery, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery, Paul Ray Pottery, Old Gap Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, Seagrove Stoneware, Thomas Pottery, The Triangle Studio, Turn & Burn Pottery, Windsong Pottery, and Wyndham & Brooke Haven Pottery.
In accordance with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines, all guests are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing at the studios. Potters will also wear masks. With so many pottery stops spread across a three-day period, social distancing is easy.
Lodging and hotel information for the event is available through the Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau. Seagrove is also home to the Duck Smith Bed & Breakfast and Seagrove Stoneware Pottery Inn.
About Seagrove Potters
Seagrove Potters is the marketing organization for the potters in the Seagrove, N.C. area. Learn more at https://discoverseagrove.com/celebration/, or Instagram, and Facebook.
About The Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau
The Randolph County Tourism Development Authority operates the Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, the official destination marketing organization for Randolph County, representing Archdale, Asheboro, Franklinville, Ramseur, Randleman, Seagrove, Staley, and Trinity. For more information, visit www.heartofnorthcarolina.com.
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