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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

N.C. Potters Craft Wonderful Christmas Gifts

Posted December 20, 2006 8:28 a.m. EST
Updated December 20, 2006 12:48 p.m. EST

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:

 http://www.discoverseagrove.com/

What is your favorite pottery destination?