Central North Carolina: Places to Explore

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Seagrove

What golf is to Pinehurst, pottery is to Seagrove. This little town is home to upward of 100 potters, many whose families have been making ceramics for generations. For some, the notoriety extends far beyond the town limits, as Seagrove pottery can be seen as far away as the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. While exploring Seagrove, expect to see all kinds of work, from decorative to functional, from wall hangings to bowls, pitchers, and vases. "Face jugs" (sometimes called "ugly face jugs") are a local specialty and can be bought in many of the shops and galleries scattered off Route 705 and U.S. 220. To truly immerse yourself in the Seagrove art scene, be in town for one of its two largest pottery events. Most local ceramists show at the huge Celebration of Seagrove Potters, held the weekend before Thanksgiving. The newer Celebration of Spring, an open-studio tour, is held every April. To learn more about Seagrove happenings and to see a listing of area artists, visit www.discoverseagrove.com, a site created by a collection of potters.

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