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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Potter's Paradise

Posted November 16, 2007 9:41 a.m. EST
Updated November 19, 2007 9:08 a.m. EST

Who is your favorite North Carolina potter? Or what is your favorite pottery? As you ponder that question let me flash back a few years and tell you about a terrific trip.

It was a fourth grade assignment for my daughter Lauren: do a video news report on something important to North Carolina. Lauren and I talked about the possibilities and we decided to hit the road for a journey to Jugtown.   Lauren interviewed and videotaped a young potter, Travis Owens (pictured here) who is carrying on a multi generational tradition at the kick wheel. It was one of those wonderful father-daughter trips that we still talk about today.

This weekend you can plunge head first into the creative clay of of our Carolina potters. The Seagrove Pottery Festival in Randolph County is the largest pottery festival of its type. It's a great opportunity to visit scores of potters under one roof. The Southeast Tourism Society calls this one of the 20 Best Events in the region this season.

87 potters will surprise and delight you this weekend as they carry on a 200 year Tar Heel tradition. Seagrove is located just south of Asheboro. You can make a day of it. Take the kids to the state zoo and then treat yourself to some pottery. 

Plus, pottery makes great Christmas gifts!