Celebration of Spring Pottery Tour - Spring Kiln Openings
Seagrove, NC - The Celebration of Spring Pottery Tour takes place on the weekend of April 27 and 28, 2019, from 9 am to 5 pm. This special 11th annual event is a self-guided tour of individual pottery galleries, studios, and workshops in the Handmade Pottery Capital of the USA. Seagrove’s title of #1 Town in America for Craft Lovers, makes this event even more extraordinary. The tour is held at participating shops located from the downtown city center and throughout the countryside. Go behind the scenes to experience the process first hand and have the unique opportunity to meet the artists before buying handmade pottery to take home and enjoy.
Spring has always been a time for renewal and awakening in Seagrove, and this year an unprecedented number of shops are opening their doors at the same time to celebrate spring. From the downtown and nestled throughout the countryside, visitors can tour individual potter’s studios and workshops and shop for pottery pieces fresh from the kilns. Some potteries will have demonstrations, hands-on activities, food, and music.
This year we are giving away three gift certificates each for $50. The gift certificates can be used at your favorite participating Seagrove shop. Pick up a card at your first pottery, get it stamped at six different potteries. After six stamps, leave your card at one of the shops or mail it back by May 15, 2019. Qualifying cards will be entered in a drawing, which will take place the weekend of May 18.
To plan your trip in advance visit our website and look at the Spring Tour Guide. The guide can be downloaded from https://discoverseagrove.com/celebration-of-spring/ and includes a map, shop hours and listing of the participating shops. You can also go to Facebook to see who is participating at https://www.facebook.com/CelebrationOfSeagrovePotters/ and link to the individual artists for more information.
List of Participants for 2019: Ben Owen Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, Blue Stone Pottery, Bulldog Pottery, Cady Clay Works, Cagle Road Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Chrisco Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Daniel & Kate Johnston Pottery, David Stuempfle Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, Dirt Works Pottery, Donna Craven Pottery, Donna's Pottery Haven, Eck McCanless Pottery, From the Ground Up, Great White Oak Gallery, Hatfield Pottery at Carolina Crockery, Hickory Hill Pottery, JL K Jewelry at Jugtown, Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, Keith Martindale Pottery, Kings Pottery, Latham's Pottery, Levi Mahan Pottery, Luck's Ware Pottery, Lufkin Pottery, Matthew Kelly Pottery, McNeill Pottery, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown Pottery, Nicholas Havner Pottery, Nichols Pottery, O'Quinn Pottery, Old Gap Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, Pottery Road Studio & Gallery, Potts Pottery, Ray Pottery, Rock House Pottery, Seagrove Art Pottery, Seagrove Creations, Seagrove Pottery, Seagrove Stoneware Pottery, Smith Pottery, Studio Touya, Thomas Pottery, Tom Gray Pottery, Triple C Pottery, Turn & Burn Pottery, Village Pottery Marketplace, Whynot Pottery & Acacia Tile, Windsong Pottery, Wyndham & Brookhaven Pottery.
More About Seagrove: Seagrove is in the central Piedmont of North Carolina. Seagrove is the largest community of potters with the longest continuous history of pottery making in the United States. It has been named the Pottery Capital of the USA and #1 Town in America for Craft Lovers. More than 100 ceramic artists call this tourist destination home. Seagrove potteries are open year- round and visitors can shop galleries and studios from the town’s center, extending to a 20-mile radius along the scenic NC Pottery Highway. Tour different shops to experience Seagrove’s pottery tradition, meet the potters and discover the limitless talent that thrives within this creative community.
Seagrove’s long history of pottery making began with the abundant and varied natural clay deposits found in the vicinity. This history has continued with 5th and 6th generations carrying on the tradition. Due to the area’s rich heritage, national and international ceramic artists have relocated to Seagrove, adding to the diversity of this unique pottery community. Seagrove is also the home of the North Carolina Pottery Center, which features permanent collections, history, educational programs, research, and preservation.