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  • “We feel that the work we do together exceeds anything we could ever do alone.”
    - Sherry Caldwell Hohl
    After leaving corporate jobs, Bill and Sherry live a simple life in a log cabin, enjoying the simplicity of the country and the opportunity to work as artists.
    Sherry Caldwell Hohl’S Address155 Cabin Trail, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-9090
    Emailcaldwellhohl@rtmc.net
  • Audrey Valone
    Audrey Valone’S Address2215 Fork Creek Mill Rd, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-2615
    EmailAudreyValone@bellsouth.net
  • David Garner
    David Garner’S Address 124 East Avenue
    Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-873-7831
    Emaildbgarner1@embaarqmail.com
  • “Making the form is the man-made part of my works. I try to leave my motion or movement on my clay works.”
    - Takuro Shibata
    "I try to put natural and manmade elements in my ceramic work. An existence of my work can be matched into the nature but it has elements that are not from nature. I hope my work will make harmony with food and flowers, and with the people who use them everyday."
    Takuro Shibata’S Address4911 Busbee Rd., Seagrove, NC 27341
    PhoneN/A
    Emailstudiotouya@gmail.com
  • “Find what you really care about and live a life that shows it. (Kate Wolff)”
    - Pamela Owens
    Pamela Owens makes pottery and develops glazes at Jugtown Pottery. She lives in awe of the unending insights waiting to be discovered about clay, glaze, firing and life.
    Pamela Owens’S Address330 Jugtown Pottery, NC 27341
    Phone910-464-3266
    Emailjugtown@mindspring.com
  • “Ceramic forms are the oldest record of human activity. I like being part of that conversation.”
    - Beth Gore
    I was especially drawn to clay during my Art Education training in college, and have been a fulltime potter for 28 years.
    Beth Gore’S Address3883 Busbee Rd, NC 27341
    Phone910-464-5661
    Emailcadyclay@yahoo.com
  • “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
    - Fred Johnston
    We are ceramic artists lifting the gravity of clay to a higher form through the use of wild clay and tamed porcelain.
    Fred Johnston’S Address741 Fork Creek Mill Road, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-873-9176
    Emailidigclay@embarqmail.com
  • “Bob Dylan: A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”
    - Vernon Owens
    Vernon Owens is an accomplished, 4th generation potter. Known for graceful candle sticks and beautiful forms, he has received many awards. He and his family own and operate Jugtown pottery.
    Vernon Owens’S Address330 Jugtown Pottery, NC 27341
    Phone910-464-3266
    Emailjugtown@mindspring.com
  • “Keeping North Carolina Tar Heel symbols alive in the clay”
    - Carolyn Poole
    Seagrove native, clay is in my blood. When travelling in Europe and Asia during the "military days", "We missed home when overseas, and our hearts were back home in the Dogwoods and pines of Upper-Moore County."
    Carolyn Poole’S Address1792 S. NC Hwy 705
    Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-2053
    Emailtcpoole@hotmail.com
  • “By combining simple forms, a carved surface, unique colors and gravity I have developed an individual look that is easily recognizable.”
    - David Fernandez
    My collectors comment that my pottery looks "quietly beautiful". I could not wish for a better compliment. For the past forty five plus years, clay has been and always will be my passion.
    David Fernandez’S Address136 W. Main Street, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-207-6985
    Emaildfernandez@triad.rr.com
  • Regina Voncannon
    Regina Voncannon’S Address413 E Main St
    Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-873-9266
    Emailpotteryjunction@ymail.com
  • “Taking home a piece of Thomas Pottery is like taking home a memento of North Carolina’s beautiful countryside.”
    - Scott Thomas
    In the heart of Seagrove, North Carolina is a rustic pottery studio where art and nature become one. The beauty of the countryside - its rich colors, textures and shapes - are captured into clay for a lifetime. Just as in nature, each stoneware creation is unique and represents the artistic vision of potters Scott and Bobbie Thomas.
    Scott Thomas’S Address1295 S. NC Highway 705, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-4145
    Emailscottandbobbie@thomaspottery.com
  • Alexa Modderno
    Alexa Modderno’S Address136 W. Main Street, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-707-9124
    Emailartists@seagrovestoneware.com
  • “Our goal is to make pottery that brings a bit of affordable art into everyday life.”
    - Don Walton
    Don's specialty is his series of Treepots and Susan's work is mainly gas fired functional pottery with lots of texture and colorful glazes.
    Don Walton’S Address1387 NC Hwy 705 S, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone910-464-2608
    Emailinfo@potteryroad.com
  • “What I choose is my choice. I have the power to make beautiful things.”
    - Sheila Ray
    Sheila Allred grew up on a 200 acre cattle farm along with horses, goats, chickens, pigs, and even raised a few raccoon and squirrels.
    Sheila Ray’S Address460 Cagle Rd, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-6707
    EmailRaypottery@gmail.com
  • “Our customers appreciate the unique variety of pottery available in Village Pottery Gallery.”
    - Melanie Dennison
    Wyndham Brooke Haven Pottery is located in downtown Seagrove, NC; with potters: Wyndham & Melanie Dennison (A marriage of life and creative expression thru clay art.)
    Melanie Dennison’S Address205 East Main Street, PO Box 402, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone(336) 873-7966
    Emailmelpotter@embarqmail.com
  • “Using local clay, I make contemporary stoneware featuring 'buckle' handles, wheel-thrown altered pots and Asian-inspired lamps.”
    - Nelda French
    I left an office job in Greensboro and moved to Seagrove to study pottery 16 years ago. Four years ago I began sharing a studio with Caldwell-Hohl Artworks.
    Nelda French’S Address155 Cabin Trail, NC 27341
    Phone336-908-8834
    Emailneldafrenchpottery@yahoo.com
  • “If you can conceive it, you can achieve it.”
    - Jennie Lorette Keatts
    Turning Mud Into Gemstones. Jennie Lorette Keatts makes hand made pottery cabochons, layers them with glazes and high fires them. They are the focal point of her sterling silver jewelry.
    Jennie Lorette Keatts’S Address330 Jugtown Rd, NC 27341
    Phone910-464-2653
    Emailjennie@jlkjewelry.com
  • “Taking home a piece of Thomas Pottery is like taking home a memento of North Carolina’s beautiful countryside.”
    - Bobbie Thomas
    In the heart of Seagrove, North Carolina is a rustic pottery studio where art and nature become one. The beauty of the countryside - its rich colors, textures and shapes - are captured into clay for a lifetime. Just as in nature, each stoneware creation is unique and represents the artistic vision of potters Scott and Bobbie Thomas.
    Bobbie Thomas’S Address1295 S. NC Highway 705, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-4145
    Emailscottandbobbie@thomaspottery.com
  • “I try to create heirloom quality Art Porcelains, with a timeless quality”
    - Frank Neef
    Our work is wheel thrown and hand-built porcelain. Our pots are decorated with hand cut out designs and nature inspired appliques. They are glazed in the elusive crystalline glaze, which we have been doing for over 30 years.
    Frank Neef’S Address258 E. Main St, NC 27341
    Phone336-872-4013
    Emailpotterybyfrank@hotmail.com
  • “Pattern, rhythm, imagery and color are all used to complete the form, which is grounded in the bold and refined characteristics of traditional southern pottery.”
    - Blaine Avery
    In 2002, Blaine moved to Seagrove, NC to open his own retail gallery and studio, Avery Pottery & Tileworks. Today, Blaine sells his work primarily through his gallery, through select craft galleries and fine craft shows.
    Blaine Avery’S Address636 Potters Way, Seagrove NC 27341
    Phone336-873-7923
    Emailaverypottery@gmail.com
  • BlueStone Pottery
    3.5 miles off Hwy 705 on Fork Creek Mill Rd
    BlueStone Pottery’S Address2215 Fork Creek Mill Rd, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336.879.2615
    EmailAudreyValone@bellsouth.net
  • “Whatever the material or clay, the passion the artist puts into it, is what makes the work sing.”
    - Bruce Gholson
    I believe creativity is something you have to invest in everyday, and making beautiful pots at Bulldog Pottery with my wife Samantha Henneke is the creative core of my life.
    Bruce Gholson’S Address3306 US Hwy 220 Alt, NC 27341
    Phonecell 336-302-3469 and home 910-428-9728
    Emailbulldog@bulldogpottery.com
  • ““The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.””
    - Carol Gentithes
    Carol Gentithes grew up in the flatlands of Ohio. She has a B.A. from Duke University
    Carol Gentithes’S Address741 Fork Creek Mill Road, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-873-9176
    Emailidigclay@embarqmail.com
  • “If using our pottery brings you delight then our mission has been fulfilled.”
    - Margie Nance
    Windsong Pottery produces an extensive collection of handmade, functional and decorative stoneware.
    Margie Nance’S Address6109 Brantley Gordon Rd., Denton, NC 27239
    Our studio is in the Farmer area
    Phone336-857-2485
    Emailwindsongpottery@yahoo.com
  • “If using our pottery brings you delight then our mission has been fulfilled.”
    - Matthew Nance
    Matthew Nance’S Address6109 Brantley Gordon Rd., Denton NC 27239
    Phone336-857-2485
    Emailwindsongpottery@yahoo.com
  • “John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
    - Deborah Garner
    Deborah Garner’S Address124 East Avenue
    Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-873-7381
    Emaildbgarner1@embarqmail.com
  • “By carrying on this heritage, we pay homage to the potters before us, and the craft that we love.”
    - Crystal King
    Crystal's style brings a whimsical look to the themes that she centers her work around..ideas that most can relate to such as folk, animal, and Biblical stories.
    Crystal King’S Address2475 Hwy 705, Seagrove NC 27341
    Phone336-879-6990
    EmailCrystalKing@triad.rr.com
  • “Each piece challenges me to create continuity between thrown form and surface. I persevere.”
    - Donna Craven
    I began journeyman work in Seagrove in 1996. I’m known for my large wood fired pieces. Grounded in tradition; my work is a combination of strength, simplicity and gracefulness.
    Donna Craven’S Address2616 Old Cox Road, Asheboro, NC 27205
    Phone336-629-8173
    Emaildonnacravenpottery@gmail.com
  • “I'm just as excited about clay today, as the first day I ever touched this living material.”
    - Jeff Dean
    Jeff Dean lives and works in Seagrove, N.C. Jeff attended East Carolina University where he earned a B.F.A. in Ceramic Design. He makes functional stoneware influenced by historical ceramics and architectural design.
    Jeff Dean’S Address7739 Nathan Lane, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-0683
    Emailjeffreydean@rtmc.net
  • Sally Lufkin
    Sally Lufkin’S Address123 South Street, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone(336) 873-8764
    Emaillufkinpottery@yahoo.com
  • Susan Smith
    Susan Smith’S Address743 S NC Hwy 705
    Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-1174
    Emailsmithpottery@rtmc.net
  • Terry King
    Terry and Anna King began making pottery at Seagrove Pottery in 1985.
    Terry King’S Address4905 Reeder Road, Asheboro, NC 27205
    Phone336-381-3090
    Emailkingspottery@atomic.net
  • “Inspiration move me brightly, light the song with sense and color… While Crickets and Cicadas sing a rare and different tune (Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia).”
    - Samantha Henneke
    I am a full-time studio potter and work along side my husband Bruce Gholson in our clay studio everyday of the week. I love making pottery, photographing the natural moments in life, collecting books, living in North Carolina, and my dog Luna Bella.
    Samantha Henneke’S Address3306 US Hwy 220, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phonehome 910-428-9728 or cell 336-302-4452
    Emailbulldog@bulldogpottery.com
  • Mack Chrisco
    Mack Chrisco’S Address1360 S Hwy 705, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-5272
    EmailNo Email
  • “Better Living Through Handmade Pottery...It's More than a job, It's a lifestyle.”
    - Jeff Brown
    Pottery in the making is addictive.  Clay has an intoxicating aroma that draws me in.  A visit to the potters studio gives insight into a life style that you can not resist.  Hold that at perfect handmade bowl or mug in your hands, and you will most likely want to take them home.

    As an artist, the simple vase becomes a canvas for my creative vision...as a potter, the functional vessels I make are designed to fit into your life, to be comfortable for everyday use.
    Jeff Brown’S Address505 East Main St.
    Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-873-1001
    Emailjeff@jeffbrownpottery.com
  • Gordon Ray
    We specialize in dinnerware and functional pieces.
    Gordon Ray’S Address603 Cagle Rd., NC 27341
    Phone336-879-2802
    Emailcaglerdpottery@yahoo.com
  • “Latham's Pottery believes that nobody takes as much pride in your work as you do.”
    - Bruce Latham
    At Latham’s, we take great pride that every piece is hand-turned and made by us from the start to the finished.
    Bruce Latham’S Address7297 US Hwy 220 South Alt., Asheboro, NC 27205
    Phone336-873-7303
    Emaillathamspottery@embarqmail.com
  • “Form follows function.”
    - Dan Triece
    Dan Triece’S Address1226 NC Hwy 705, NC 27341
    Phone336-873-8979
    Emaildirtworkspottery@centurylink.net
  • “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. (JFK)”
    - Stephanie Nicole Martin
    Stephanie Nicole Martin received a B.F.A. in design with a concentration in ceramics, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She makes unique hand-built and wheel-thrown earthenware.
    Stephanie Nicole Martin’S Address7739 Nathan Lane, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-0683
    Emailnikkimartin72@gmail.com
  • “Our goal is to enhance the celebration of daily life and enrich it's simple joys.”
    - Paul Ray
    A copper red producing colors of bright red to burgundy, using small amounts of copper along with wood ash glaze for a rippled fluid effect on our work.
    Paul Ray’S Address460 Cagle Rd, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-6707
    EmailRaypottery@gmail.com
  • Travis Owens
    Travis Owens grew up making pots with his family at Jugtown Pottery. He continues the tradition, much the way his family has passed down the craft for over 150 years.
    Travis Owens’S Address330 Jugtown Pottery, NC 27341
    Phone910-464-3266
    Emailjugtown@mindspring.com
  • “We make fine hand-made pottery at an affordable price, lead-free, microwave and dishwasher safe.”
    - Wyndham Dennison
    Wyndham Brooke Haven Pottery is located in downtown Seagrove, NC; with potters: Wyndham & Melanie Dennison (A marriage of life and creative expression thru clay art.)
    Wyndham Dennison’S Address209 East Main Street, PO Box 415, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-873-7254
    Emailwynpotter@embarqmail.com
  • “We feel that the work we do together exceeds anything we could ever do alone.”
    - Bill Hohl
    After leaving corporate jobs, Bill and Sherry live a simple life in a log cabin, enjoying the simplicity of the country and the opportunity to work as artists.
    Bill Hohl’S Address155 Cabin Trail, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-9090
    Emailcaldwellhohl@rtmc.net
  • “It is an honor to have the opportunity to enhance people’s lives through our creations in clay.”
    - Ben Owen III
    Ben Owen III (b. 1968) is an American studio potter working and continuing a family tradition in Seagrove, NC. Colorful glazes and distinct forms are a signature style.
    Ben Owen III’S Address105 Bens Pl. Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-2262
    Emailinfo@benowenpottery.com
  • Donna Hertzog
    Donna Hertzog’S Address3432 Brower Mill Rd
    Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-4776
    Emailhertzog63@gmail.com
  • “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso”
    - Susan Walton
    Contemporary, decorative and functional clay work with an emphasis on reduction gas fired glazes. Susan's work is mainly functional with a concentration on surface texture and colorful cone ten glazes. Susan's work is wheel thrown and slab built.
    Susan Walton’S Address1387 NC Hwy 705 S, NC 27341
    Phone910-464-2608
    Emailinfo@potteryroad.com
  • “I want my work to add an element of pleasing design to the user's daily life.”
    - John Mellage
    My Ceramic Design degree is from UNC-Greensboro. I have been making my living as a potter for 38 years.
    John Mellage’S Address3883 Busbee Rd, NC 27341
    Phone910-464-5661
    Emailcadyclay@yahoo.com
  • Pat Ray
    We specialize in dinnerware and functional pieces.
    Pat Ray’S Address603 Cagle Rd., NC 27341
    Phone336-879-2802
    Emailcaglerdpottery@yahoo.com
  • “Enjoy the subtle beauty of randomly imperfect things. Feel their unique vitality & expression.”
    - Phillip Pollet
    My pottery expresses an innovative fusing of Asian & Contemporary Western influences.
    Phillip Pollet’S Address944 N.C. Hwy. 705, NC 27341
    Phone336-265-6476
    Emailoldgappottery@gmail.com
  • “Influence of the East in techniques of the past but making pots with my eye on who I am in the present.”
    - Benjamin Burns
    A potter for 34 years, 17 years in Seagrove. Graduated from Haywood Community College and taught pottery wheel classes at The Ceramic League in Miami, Florida.
    Benjamin Burns’S Address437 N. Broad St, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-873-8066
    Emailgreatwhiteoakgallery@triad.rr.com
  • Bayle Owens
    Bayle Owens, daughter of Vernon and Pam Owens, enjoys surrounding herself with animals for company and inspiration.
    Bayle Owens’S Address330 Jugtown Rd
    Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone910-464-3266
    Emailbayle@mindspring.com
  • “If you like my current work, take it now - my work is constantly evolving and I don't have time to look back!”
    - Bonnie Burns
    I combine all my love of painting and clay into functional pottery to be used and loved by whoever takes it home.
    Bonnie Burns’S Address437 N. Broad St, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone336-879-9855
    Emailredhare@rtmc.net
  • “I was digging clay long before I discovered a source on my property that I could actually make pots with.”
    - Michael Mahan
    Thirty years ago, Michael quit his job as a newspaper reporter and began making pots in Seagrove. Nowadays, deadlines are dictated by wet clay rather an editor looking over his shoulder.
    Michael Mahan’S Address172 Crestwood Rd, Robbins, NC 27325
    Phone910-464-6228
    Emailmahanpots@rtmc.net
  • “There is nothng else that I'd rather do more, than making pottery.”
    - Sandra O’Quinn
    Sandra has been making pottery in Seagrove for 25 years.
    Sandra O’Quinn’S Address4456 Busbee Rd, NC 27341
    Phone910-464-5125
    EmailNo Email
  • “I like the way local Seagrove area clay responds to wood firing.”
    - David Stuempfle
    David lives and works in Seagrove NC making wood fired pottery.
    David Stuempfle’S Address1224 Dover Church Road, Seagrove, NC 27341
    Phone910-464-2689
    Emaildavid@stuempflepottery.com
  • “It's a New Day. Let's Make It The Best!”
    - Janice Latham
    Doing something you love as much as pottery is truly a blessing from God!
    Janice Latham’S Address7297 US Hwy 220 Alt., Asheboro, NC 27205
    Phone336-873-7303
    Emaillathamspottery@embarqmail.com
  • “I want to make beautiful pots from natural materials and elements, and hope people will love, hold, and use them functionally in daily life.””
    - Hitomi Shibata
    "It’s really important for me to use materials from nature. Wood firing is also an important process to complete my works and it gives a sustainable energy and brings life into my works."
    Hitomi Shibata’S Address4911 Busbee Rd., Seagrove, NC 27341
    PhoneN/A
    Emailstudiotouya@gmail.com
  • “Living The Dream in Seagrove, NC”
    - Michele Hastings
    Living in a community of ceramic artists has inspired me to stretch the boundaries of my work in clay.
    Michele Hastings’S Address505 E Main St, Seagrove NC 27341
    Phone336-873-1001
    Emailmhastings327@centurylink.net
  • “I love sweet and beautiful designs, wherever they are found.”
    - Charlotte E. Wooten
    There is always so much to be upset about. I choose to contemplate beauty. The earth is so sweet.
    Charlotte E. Wooten’S Address121 N. Broad St., NC 27341
    Phone336-509-1509
    Emailnoreply@noemail.com
Welcome to the Seagrove Area Potters

Experience a 200 year old tradition as potters create a lasting heritage.

You’re invited to visit Seagrove potters in their workshops and studios. Plan a trip today!  It’s a continuous pottery show 365 days a year.

Nestled in the countryside of North Carolina you will find the largest concentration of working potters in the United States. Enjoy your day on a self guided driving tour down some of North Carolina’s scenic byways. Within a 20 mile radius there is just under 100 shops to visit. Set your own pace as you go from shop to shop. You’ll most likely be greeted by the potters themselves. Seagrove offers a range of pottery, from functional everyday use, sculptural, folk art, to historical forms from the past.  Make plans to spend a day or two to discover Seagrove and experience the diversity of North Carolina pottery.

Seagrove is open year around! Come anytime! Shops are open everyday of the week throughout the whole year.

Our 9th Annual Celebration of Spring Event on April 22nd & 23rd, 2017 includes Studio Tours and Kiln Openings at individual shops around the area.  Make sure to enter to win $150 gift certificate or a Capel Rug!





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Humble Mill Pottery
“I LOVE SWEET AND BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS, WHEREVER THEY ARE FOUND.”
- CHARLOTTE E. WOOTEN
There is always so much to be upset about. I choose to contemplate beauty. The earth is so sweet. It is interesting and curious to me that my likes and tastes come from my grandparents time, the Mississippi of the 1800s and early 1900s. Since earliest childhood I have had a deep affinity for
that period. Everything else that followed in the spheres of style and taste missed me completely. The beauty that was expressed in the decorative arts thrilled me deeply. Something about those colors and patterns captured a sweetness about the earth. I felt a spiritual resonance, and saw an exquisiteness that I wanted to express also. As I see it, the significant difference between Mississippi and North Carolina was that Mississippi was the richest state in the Union before the Civil War. It was cotton that brought the wealth, but it was slavery, tragically, that made it possible. Lovely things from all over the world were imported: porcelain, furniture, fabrics and art. All the finest things were brought in through the major seaports of the South. Because of this concentration of wealth there was a well-developed awareness of what is beautiful and desirable. Even people of very modest means knew all about these fine objects, appreciated and valued what could be acquired and passed them down to their children. I know this from my earliest childhood observations. Because there was no major seaport in NC, there had not grown up a large center of colonial English culture as there had in Virginia, Charleston or Savannah. North Carolinians were more about doing things by their own efforts and valuing the fruits of those efforts. There was less widespread appreciation for all those things that money could buy. Peoples tastes were formed more from not being near so much finery and culture. Over the years these attitudes probably attracted many like-minded souls to North Carolina. Forty years ago, between Memphis (which is really North Mississippi as far as my family was concerned) and North Carolina, I was privileged to live in Japan for two years. What did I observe and learn there? What nuggets of understanding am I trying to explain to you; how can I weave together all these ponderings for you to consider? It is that creating beauty comes from the mind and heart. It comes from knowledge that is gained from observing. The following are two images from my memory that distill some of the many truths I learned during my time in Japan: There was a small cottage in Mashiko. The dirt yard of this two-tatami-mat home, and its rock entrance step, were swept and sprinkled daily into a perfection of harmony and loveliness. In Tokyo, literally right on one of the busiest streets in the world, there was a small, ground floor apartment. Attached to it was a tiny garden, perhaps 8 by 10. Gazing into that garden I was spirited away to the mountains and solitude.

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Humble Mill Pottery
“I LOVE SWEET AND BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS, WHEREVER THEY ARE FOUND.”
- CHARLOTTE E. WOOTEN
There is always so much to be upset about. I choose to contemplate beauty. The earth is so sweet. It is interesting and curious to me that my likes and tastes come from my grandparents' time, the Mississippi of the 1800s and early 1900s. Since earliest childhood I have had a deep affinity for
that period. Everything else that followed in the spheres of style and taste missed me completely. The beauty that was expressed in the decorative arts thrilled me deeply. Something about those colors and patterns captured a sweetness about the earth. I felt a spiritual resonance, and saw an exquisiteness that I wanted to express also. As I see it, the significant difference between Mississippi and North Carolina was that Mississippi was the richest state in the Union before the Civil War. It was cotton that brought the wealth, but it was slavery, tragically, that made it possible. Lovely things from all over the world were imported: porcelain, furniture, fabrics and art. All the finest things were brought in through the major seaports of the South. Because of this concentration of wealth there was a well-developed awareness of what is beautiful and desirable. Even people of very modest means knew all about these fine objects, appreciated and valued what could be acquired and passed them down to their children. I know this from my earliest childhood observations. Because there was no major seaport in NC, there had not grown up a large center of colonial English culture as there had in Virginia, Charleston or Savannah. North Carolinians were more about doing things by their own efforts and valuing the fruits of those efforts. There was less widespread appreciation for all those things that money could buy. People's tastes were formed more from not being near so much finery and culture. Over the years these attitudes probably attracted many like-minded souls to North Carolina. Forty years ago, between Memphis (which is really North Mississippi as far as my family was concerned) and North Carolina, I was privileged to live in Japan for two years. What did I observe and learn there? What nuggets of understanding am I trying to explain to you; how can I weave together all these ponderings for you to consider? It is that creating beauty comes from the mind and heart. It comes from knowledge that is gained from observing. The following are two images from my memory that distill some of the many truths I learned during my time in Japan: There was a small cottage in Mashiko. The dirt yard of this two-tatami-mat home, and its rock entrance step, were swept and sprinkled daily into a perfection of harmony and loveliness. In Tokyo, literally right on one of the busiest streets in the world, there was a small, ground floor apartment. Attached to it was a tiny garden, perhaps 8' by 10'. Gazing into that garden I was spirited away to the mountains and solitude.
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Joy NewtonWhat a lovely inspirational reading...appreciation of nature's beauty and artist created...what a beautiful world I just witnessed through your eyes and words.

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Dani SeipCharlotte Elizabeth Wooten you have been such an inspirational person with my art and spirituality. Love you and all the beauty you have surrounded me with. God bless you. 😘

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Jean Loveday RueckerLovely piece of writing, and I've always loved the art form of pottery.

9 hours ago
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Sue CorrellLovely!! I miss visiting with you. I will get back to NC one of these days.

12 hours ago   ·  1

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