Located near the geographic heart of North Carolina, Randolph County’s village of Seagrove is known far and wide as the ‘pottery town’. The road from Seagrove to the Moore County town of Robbins is officially designated ‘The Pottery Highway’. It’s not the only place where pottery has been made in North Carolina, but when you say Seagrove to people who know the place, they suspect that you’re talking about pottery.In the past, Quaker potters from Pennsylvania and Nantucket Island first made pottery in the region as early as the 1750s. They made utilitarian earthenware and stoneware in updraft kilns and subterranean furnaces called groundhog kilns.Today, more than one hundred Seagrove area shops produce useful and decorative pottery, satisfying thousands of customers each year. Perhaps no other place in America can boast of a longer, unbroken pottery-making history than the North Carolina region called Seagrove. For more than two and a half centuries, it has been ‘pottery central’.
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||92 black-and-white and 92 colour photographs
Stephen Compton is an avid collector of mid-18th to mid-20th century North Carolina pottery. Steve has written numerous articles and books about it, including, North Carolina Pottery: Earthenware, Stoneware, and Fancyware (Collector Books, 2011), and Seagrove Potteries Through Time (Fonthill Media, 2013). Widely recognized for his expertise, he is frequently called upon to be a lecturer and exhibit curator. He once served as president of the North Carolina Pottery Center, a museum and educational center located in Seagrove, NC, and is a founding organizer of the North Carolina Pottery Collectors’ Guild. Steve resides with his wife in Raleigh, NC.