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N.C. Potters Craft Wonderful Christmas Gifts

Posted December 20, 2006

Let me help you with your Christmas shopping. Pottery makes a great gift and North Carolina has more than 100 potters clustered in the area southwest of the Triangle. One of the many outstanding potters is Cady Clay Works just outside Seagrove. John Mellage and wife Beth Gore turn out some gorgeous pots. My favorite is their Blue Ridge Stoneware Collection. I love John's approach: "The potter has an obligation to create a piece that is technically sound and gracefully balanced." You would expect that from a former engineering student. Beth describes her love of clay this way: "The cool feel of clay in one's hands and the joy of manipulating it is restful and therapeutic. The idea that a creation of mine may be on this earth long after I'm gone seems like a magical connection to the future." For more information on John, Beth and the other fine potters and a map on how to visit them check out this website:

What is your favorite pottery destination?


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  • packandcanesfan Dec 22, 2006

    Just an FYI, but some wonderful NC pottery is sold in the gift shop at the Museum of History.

  • dutch2 Dec 20, 2006

    Clyde Gobble's pottery is absolutely wonderful stuff. I've cooked with it for years.

  • jheywood Dec 20, 2006

    I've been using the dinner and serve ware I own from Whynot Pottery for years. If you get out to Seagrove make sure to stop and check their work out.

  • cchandler Dec 20, 2006

    Cedar Creek Gallery ( - Creedmoor (at the corner of Wake and Durham counties) They have a very large selection of NC pottery. and they seem to be committed to quality US artists (not this stuff made in factories overseas!)

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