250 East Avenue
Seagrove, North Carolina
The North Carolina Pottery Center, which opened its doors in 1998, is the first state pottery center in the nation. With a mission to promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina, it features examples of works from across the state and across centuries of time. Its permanent collection includes examples of prehistoric Native American pottery through the utilitarian earthenware and stoneware made by Moravian and Scots-Irish immigrants in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Center also highlights the innovations of the early twentieth century, the craft revival of the 1970s and the contemporary art pottery that has made North Carolina known around the world. With wood-fired kilns on the premises, the NC Pottery Center offers educational programs that include lectures, demonstrations and classes. It actively promotes pottery traditions from across the state in order to stimulate economic growth in pottery communities.