Saturdays in Seagrove

Play with Clay

With nearly a hundred shops, Seagrove is known as the pottery capital of the U.S. Seagrove also offers the chance to try your hand at the pottery wheel and experience firsthand the lives of its artists. Photos courtesy Seagrove Potters Association. 

Try your hand at the pottery wheel, watch the dramatic raku firing technique, and see professional potters demonstrate wheel throwing, carving techniques and more, during July’s Stepping Into the Craft: Saturdays in Seagrove.

Known as the Pottery Capital of the U.S., Seagrove is home to more than 100 ceramic artists, and is located about 90 minutes from Cary.

A trip to Seagrove offers multiple destinations — while a handful of shops are located downtown, access to other studios requires short country drives.

“People are inquisitive about pottery making, and Seagrove is an out of the ordinary experience,” said Bobbie Thomas of Thomas Pottery, volunteer marketing chair for the Seagrove Potters Association.

Play Clay Artists

Meet the artists in their studios during the second annual Stepping Into the Craft: Saturdays in Seagrove this month.

“It’s an excursion to see the workshops and meet the artists, and even their cat,” she said. “Within a 20-mile radius there are nearly a hundred shops. This is the North Carolina Pottery Trail, and you’ll experience the life of these artists.”

Seagrove is also home to the North Carolina Pottery Center and its collections, where you can learn about pottery history and preservation.

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