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North Carolina Pottery

North Carolina's pottery is as varied as the state's people, with a history that is equally expansive. From American Indian tribes to 20th-century Seagrove pottery, North Carolina offers a remarkable range of ceramics.

North Carolina's clay-rich soil made it a prime location for pottery production. American Indians, particularly the Cherokee tribe, capitalized on this resource for their pieces, a tradition that was adopted by early settlers and farmers in the region. The influx of greater numbers of settlers over the subsequent centuries resulted in an even wider array of ceramic offerings. By the end of the 18th century, a large population of Moravians who settled in the Catawba Valley had developed Seagrove pottery, whose iconic designs are still in demand.

The late 19th and early 20th century witnessed the arrival of producers Jugtown and Owens, who responded to contemporary consumer demands for pieces that were both utilitarian and artful. It is this blend of art and utility drives the celebration of North Carolina's pottery producers even in the present day.


Quick Facts

  • Manufacturers including Jugtown Pottery experienced a resurgence in popularity during the Arts and Crafts era, which celebrated the artisanal nature of design
  • Jugtown Pottery, founded by Jacques and Julianna Bisbee in Seagrove, was the product of chance: having found a brilliant orange ceramic pie dish that they both loved, they set out to locate the maker. They traced the piece and its unique glaze to North Carolina
  • Seagrove still treasures its ceramists with the annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters. This commemorative event began in the early '80s

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J.D. Craven Randolph County N.C. Pottery Jug
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
J.D. Craven Randolph County N.C. Pottery Jug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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Piedmont N.C. Salt Glazed Pottery 5 Gallon Crock
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by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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Piedmont N.C. Pottery Signed Churn
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by Mebane Antique Auction
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Early Alamance County N.C. Redware Pottery Jug
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Early Alamance County N.C. Redware Pottery Jug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
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Est: $100- $10,000
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Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Early Piedmont N.C. Pottery Dirt Dish
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Early North Carolina Pottery Jug
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Early North Carolina Pottery Jug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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Early Piedmont North Carolina Pottery Jug
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Early Piedmont North Carolina Pottery Jug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Jack Sexton Lowell N.C. Folk Art Pottery Snake Jug
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
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by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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B.R. Hilton Walnut Grove NC Folk Art Pottery Pitcher
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
B.R. Hilton Walnut Grove NC Folk Art Pottery Pitcher
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$500 Bids
Early N.C. Transitional Art Pottery Pitcher
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Early N.C. Transitional Art Pottery Pitcher
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Est: $100- $10,000
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Early Western N.C. Pottery Pitcher
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Early Western N.C. Pottery Pitcher
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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Early Jugtown Ware N.C. Art Pottery Pitchers
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Early Jugtown Ware N.C. Art Pottery Pitchers
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Est: $100- $10,000
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Early Jugtown Ware N.C. Art Pottery Pitcher
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
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Est: $100- $10,000
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North Carolina Art Pottery Large Batter Bowl
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
North Carolina Art Pottery Large Batter Bowl
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$500 Bids
1930's Auman North Carolina Art Pottery Vase
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
1930's Auman North Carolina Art Pottery Vase
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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