Why a blog post on Seagrove Pottery, you might ask?. Reason why is that our business, Gifted Pottery started 5 years ago with many generous potters from Seagrove NC, so we thought it was appropriate to put in a blog post on Seagrove NC pottery, to plug their home town. We currently work with Uhwarrie, O'Quinn, Whynot, Ole Fishouse, Dirtworks, Triple C, Michael Mahan, (From the Ground Up), Dover, Latham and McCanless potteries, all from Seagrove NC. Not too many people outside of North Carolina know about this small pottery town, but it is worth a visit if you are in central North Carollina, about 90 miles north of Charlotte, NC.
So here is a bit of their history. Links shown below will take to Wikipedia for more information on that topic. (Excerpt shown.)
Seagrove is a town in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 228 at the 2010 census. It was named after a railroad official when the area was connected by rail. The center of population of North Carolina is located a few miles east of Seagrove.
Seagrove is notable for its many potteries, and it is sometimes referred to as the "pottery capital of North Carolina", or pottery capital of the world. In this usage, the name Seagrove not only refers to the town proper, but includes several other communities that are part of the pottery tradition along and near the "North Carolina Pottery Highway" (NC-705). Over 100 potteries are located in Seagrove and the neighboring towns of Star, Whynot, Erect, Westmoore, Happy Hollow, and Robbins. Seagrove is also home to the North Carolina Pottery Center, which was established on November 7, 1998 and has since received visitors across the continent and around the world.
Seagrove was named for Edwin G. Seagraves, a railroad official who was responsible for routing a railroad through the area. According to local sources, after a unanimous decision to name the station after Seagraves, the town name resulted from a sign painter running out of space and simply dropping the 's' from the end of the name. Also the painter misspelled Seagraves as Seagrove. The railroad served Seagrove until December 31, 1951. The old train depot later was adapted as a pottery museum.
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Here's a link to the Seagrove pottery center Facebook page.