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North Carolina Pottery Center

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Welcome to the North Carolina Pottery Center, the only state-wide facility in the nation devoted solely to pottery. Designed, funded, and constructed through the labors of many citizens, the Center opened to the public in Seagrove, NC, on Nov. 7, 1998. Our mission is to promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, collection and preservation, and research and documentation. To do so, the Center represents all North Carolina potters, from Native Americans and exemplars of the old utilitarian tradition to the well over 1,000 potters working throughout the state today.


Recent News

North Carolina Pottery Center News - October 2, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit North Carolina Pottery Center is taking are taking its 2020 gala, raffle, and benefit auction ONLINE this year! We’re calling this year’s fundraiser Working Together because most of the works…

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33rd Annual North Carolina Potters Conference: The Similarities in Our Differences

New Home for the North Carolina Potters Conference in 2020 The North Carolina Potters Conference is the Southeast’s premier ceramics conference. Through its history, the conference has featured some of the best ceramics artists from around…

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Christine Evans Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina Pottery Center

The Pottery Center is excited to welcome its newest Artist-in-Residence, Christine Evans! Christine is joining us from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and specializes in figurative sculpture. During her residency, Christine plans to focus on creating a…

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Art of Clay National Juried Show at the North Carolina Pottery Center

Art of Clay National Juried Show at the North Carolina Pottery Center On view through June 15, 2019, “Art of Clay” is the North Carolina Pottery Center’s first-ever national juried exhibition. Featuring 41 artists from around the…

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North Carolina Pottery Center New Artist-in-Residence

The North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to welcome a new artist-in-residence, Julie Elkins. Funding for the center's artist-in-residence program comes from the Windgate Charitable Foundation which is based in Arkansas. Lindsey Lambert, the…

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May 2018 Turning Lessons

Want to cross something off your bucket list, or try something new in 2018? Take a throwing lesson or two at the North Carolina Pottery Center! The Pottery Center is offering two sessions of wheel-throwing lessons during the month of May. Our…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Announces Artist-in-Residence

The North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to welcome a new artist-in-residence, Jared Ziegenbein. Funding for the center's artist-in-residence program comes from the Windgate Charitable Foundation which is based in Arkansas. Lindsey Lambert, the…

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Traditional Arts Program for Students Celebrated at NC Pottery Center

Seagrove, NC -- The North Carolina Pottery Center is celebrating the work of the ten budding potters who participated in the fall 2017 session of the Center’s Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS). TAPS is an afterschool pottery class…

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The NC Pottery Center on UNC-TV August 24 and August 25, 2017

North Carolinians have long been enchanted by our potters who are able to move the earth a little closer to heaven. This startling ceramic beauty, old and new, is showcased by the North Carolina Pottery Center. Join us as we celebrate our story.…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Open House - See Seagrove and Take a Trip to a Star!

Join us for a day of Great Pots, and meet world-renowned ceramic artist, Magdalene Odundo, OBE The North Carolina Pottery Center and STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise cordially invite you to visit us to spend the afternoon in the heart of…

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2017 Summer Clay Camps at the North Carolina Pottery Center

The North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to announce its “Summer Clay Camps” for 2017. Clay is an exciting and magical material, offering endless possibilities for the artist.  At clay camp, children will learn the art of pottery making…

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Traditional Arts Program for Students Celebrated at NC Pottery Center

The North Carolina Pottery Center is celebrating the work of the ten budding potters who participated in the fall 2016 session of the Center’s Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS). TAPS is an afterschool pottery class hosted by the NC…

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North Carolina Pottery Center New Artist In Residence Kirsten Olson

The North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to announce the addition of Kirsten Olson as our most recent Artist-in-Residence. Grant funding from the Windgate Charitable Foundation is allowing the center to continue its Artist-in-Residence (AiR)…

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2016 Summer Clay Camp for Kids at the North Carolina Pottery Center

The North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to offer “Summer Clay Camps for Kids” this summer. Clay is an exciting and magical material, offering endless possibilities for the artist. At clay camp, children will learn the art of pottery making…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Receives Two Grants

$50,000 Grant from the Cannon Foundation The North Carolina Pottery Center has received a $50,000 grant from the Cannon Foundation, which is based in Concord, North Carolina. The funds from the grant will be used to improve and enhance the Pottery…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Presents Monthly Lecture Series - August 2015

Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center on the evening  for a slide lecture by current East Carolina University graduate student Alexandra Ingles and recent ECU graduates Erin Younge and Gaines Bailey. Erin Younge is a current resident artist…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Receives John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation Grant

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove will be receiving a $45,000 grant from The John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation to be used toward continued funding of the executive director position. Located in Winston-Salem, NC, the Hanes Foundation…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Presents Jugtown Pottery Lecture

Jugtown Pottery will be presenting at the North Carolina Pottery Center for the April installment of the Monthly Slide Lecture Series. Jugtown, open since 1917, is the oldest continually operating pottery in the area. Members of the Owens family…

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Slideshow Presentation by Judith Duff at the North Carolina Pottery Center

The North Carolina Pottery Center will be open to the public from 12:30-4:30 pm. From 2:00-2:45 pm, in conjunction with the NC Potter’s Conference put on by the Randolph Arts Guild, Judith Duff of Brevard, NC, will be giving a presentation here at…

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2015 Summer Clay Camps for Kids

The North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to offer “Summer Clay Camp for Kids” this summer. Clay is an exciting and magical material. At Clay Camp children will learn the art and craft of pottery making while having fun and exploring their…

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Brown Family Pottery Exhibit Opening at Seagrove’s North Carolina Pottery Center

Seagrove, N.C - One of the South’s most significant pottery-making families will be celebrated in a North Carolina Pottery Center exhibit called A Handed Down Art: The Brown Family Potters beginning with an opening reception. According to exhibit…

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The North Carolina Pottery Center Presents Monthly Lecture Series in October 2014

This on-going lecture series will be facilitated by Josh Floyd, the new Artist-in-Residence at the center. Josh comes to the center with a Bachelor of Arts with Art Concentration from Fairmont State University in West Virginia, and he has been…

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North Carolina Pottery Center's 15th Annual Gala and Auction – A Fun Success

The North Carolina Pottery Center's 15th Annual Gala & Auction - "Going, Going, Gone to Pots!" - held on Saturday evening, September 20th, at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh was a fun-filled evening and a great success! The event…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Artist in Residence

The North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to announce the addition of Josh Floyd as our new Artist-in-Residence. Grant funding from the Wingate Charitable Foundation is allowing the center to restart its Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program.   Josh…

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Educational Program Manager & Project Coordinator

The North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to announce the addition of Emily Lassiter as our new Educational Program Manager & Project Coordinator. A native of Burlington, NC, Emily also has local ties to Star and Troy as her grandparents grew…

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Kiln Firing at the North Carolina Pottery Center by ECU Students

Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center Friday, August 1, to learn about the wood firing process with East Carolina University students as they fire the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. Also, on Saturday, August 2, there will be a…

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Exhibition - Many Faces: North Carolina’s Face Jug Tradition

Many Faces: North Carolina’s Face Jug Tradition will be the next temporary exhibition at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, North Carolina. The opening reception is open to the public and free of charge.   Curated by L.A. Rhyne, a…

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Exhibition - Ring Jugs and Rundlets

In a tradition dominated by jugs, jars, and pitchers, curious forms such a ring jugs and rundlets are a refreshing venture from commonplace. Early North Carolina pottery was produced for function to suit the needs of rural life. Ovoid jugs were…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Exhibition - Neolia, Keeper of the Cole Tradition: A Retrospective

Neolia, Keeper of the Cole Pottery Tradition: A Retrospective will be the next temporary exhibition at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, North Carolina. The opening reception is open to the public and free of charge. This exhibition…

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North Carolina Pottery Center - Firing the Groundhog Kiln with Seagrove Potter Chad Brown

Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center to learn about the wood firing process with Seagrove potter Chad Brown as he fires the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. Chad will be available to explain the process and answer questions from…

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Vortex Soada Kiln Presentation at the North Carolina Pottery Center

On Sunday, March 9, from 1:00-4:00 pm, the North Carolina Pottery Center will be open to the public as Becca Irwin, a graduating senior from East Tennessee State University, who is attending this year’s NC Potters Conference in Asheboro, NC, will…

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North Carolina Pottery Center to Recognize Folk Heritage Award-Winning Potters with Exhibition

“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, The North Carolina Pottery Center, located in…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Receives $130,000 Grant!

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $130,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, a private charitable foundation based in Arkansas. The Windgate Charitable Foundation is…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Spring 2014 Fundraiser

For our 2014 Spring Fundraiser, the North Carolina Pottery Center will selling tickets for a $5,000 Draw Down Raffle (with a maximum of 500 tickets sold) and combining that with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Dinner Party and Auction at the Pinewood…

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Old Ways in Mind: Historical American Pottery and Contemporary 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. Curated by Brenda Hornsby Heindl, Old Ways in Mind will highlight North…

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Special Programs to Accompany the Foodwares Exhibition at the North Carolina Pottery Center

Three special programs are planned by North Carolina Pottery Center (NCPC) in Seagrove, NC to go along with the Foodwares: Pottery for Storage and Preparation of Food exhibition that is on display from August 9 – October 26, 2013. On Saturday…

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Kiln Firng at the North Carolina Pottery Center

Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center  to learn about the  groundhog wood firing process with Seagrove potter Chad Brown as he fires the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. Chad will be available to explain the groundhog wood…

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14th Annual Auction 'Going, Going, Gone to Pots'

The North Carolina Pottery Center’s 14th Annual Auction, “Going, Going, Gone to Pots,” will be held at Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (620 Cornerstone Court, Hillsborough, NC). There will also be a pre-auction supper,…

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Family Day at the North Carolina Pottery Center

The town of Seagrove, NC, is celebrating its centennial anniversary with a Centennial Celebration. Wishing to contribute to the day’s celebration of the area’s history and the festive atmosphere of the occasion, the North Carolina…

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Foodwares: Pottery for Storage and Preparation of Food - Exhibition

Foodwares: Pottery for Storage and Preparation of Food will be the next exhibition at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, North Carolina. The combination of pottery and food is a natural! Foodwares will explore the changes over time in…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Is Pleased To Announce The New Executive Director

Seagrove, N.C. -- The board of directors of the North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Lindsey Lambert as the center’s new executive director. He will officially start at the beginning of June.   Lambert is…

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Potter’s Palette II – An Auction of Canvases Painted by NC Potters

Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Jackson Pollack have nothing on the potters of North Carolina.  Can you buy an Old Master canvas? I didn’t think so. But you can buy a fabulous painting, on a 12” x 12” canvas, produced by one of the…

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Exhibition - Big Red: Chrome Red and Other Red Glazes of the North Carolina Piedmont

The NCPC proudly presents an extraordinary and exhilarating collection of historical and contemporary red glazes from across North Carolina’s rich Piedmont. Revel in comparing and contrasting the old and the new in one of the most remarkable…

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Christopher Benfey - Book Reading

The The North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to announce an upcoming event initiated by the NC Mt. Holyoke College Piedmont Alumnae Club. Join us at the Pottery Center, in Seagrove, NC, for a book reading by celebrated author Christopher…

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Ceramic Art of NC University and College Faculty

SEAGROVE, NC---The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception of the upcoming Exhibition: “Ceramic Art of North Carolina University and College Faculty,” at the North Carolina Pottery Center.   The reception will be…

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American Craft Week at the North Carolina Pottery Center

The North CarolinaPotteryCenter, “for people who love the potter’s craft” is supporting American Craft Week, October 5th – 14th. In honor and recognition of this important statewide craft the Center will have free admission during this time…

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North Carolina Pottery Center Announces Auction Results

North Carolina Pottery Center Has Remarkable Success Seagrove, NC -- The North Carolina Pottery Center’s recent auction raised over $50,000, almost double last year’s total. One long term supporter of NCPC wrote, “The Pottery Center provided…

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Exhibit "The Collecto's Eye, Series II: Seven Perspectives

The Collector’s Eye, Series II: Seven Perspectives explores the state’s pottery heritage through examples of pottery selected by seven women from their personal collections. The collectors include Cynthia Brown, Hope B. Haywood, Patricia H.…

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The North Carolina Pottery Center Receives Z. Smith Reynolds Grant

The Board of Directors and Staff, on behalf of our Membership, are pleased to announce that the North Carolina Pottery Center has been awarded a grant from the Zachary Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc.  This special grant for $65,000 will be…

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