10th Annual Spring Kiln Opening Celebration in Seagrove NC
Celebration of Seagrove Potters - Spring Kiln Opening
The 10th Annual Spring Kiln Openings and Studio Tours of the Seagrove, NC, potteries will take place on the weekend of Apr. 21 and 22, 2018, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. The annual Celebration of Spring in Seagrove is a self-guided tour of individual pottery galleries, studios and workshops. It is held at participating shops located from the downtown city center and throughout the countryside. Over 55 local potters will host kiln openings, studio tours, demonstrations.
Spring has always been a time for renewal and awakening in Seagrove and this year an unprecedented number of shops are opening their doors at the same time to Celebrate spring. From the downtown and nestled throughout the countryside, visitors tour individual potter’s studios and workshops and shop for pottery pieces fresh from the kilns. Some potteries will have demonstrations, hands-on activities, food and music. Go behind the scenes to experience the process first hand and have the unique opportunity to meet the artists before buying pottery to take home and enjoy.
Those attending will have the opportunity to win a gift certificate for $150 that can be used at one of the participating Celebration of Spring shops. Pick up a card at one of the shops (or download it from the website), get it stamped in six shops and mail it back by May 5, 2018. Qualifying cards will be entered in a drawing, which will take place the weekend of May 15. This event is presented by the Seagrove Area Potters Association.|
The Spring Tour Guide can be downloaded from (www.discoverseagrove.com) and includes a map, shop hours and listing of the participating shops. You can also go to Facebook to see who is participating at (www.Facebook.com/CelebrationofSeagrovepotters), and link to the individual artists for more information.
Seagrove is in the central piedmont of North Carolina. Seagrove is the largest community of potters with the longest continual history of pottery making in the United States. More than 100 ceramic artists call this tourist destination home. Seagrove potteries are open year- round and visitors can shop galleries and studios from the town’s center, extending to a 20-mile radius along the scenic NC Pottery Highway. Tour different shops to experience Seagrove’s pottery tradition, meet the potters and discover the limitless talent that thrives within this creative community.
Seagrove’s long history of pottery making began with the abundant and varied natural clay deposits found in the vicinity. This history has continued with 4th and 5th generations carrying on the tradition. Due to the area’s rich heritage, national and international ceramic artists have relocated to Seagrove, adding to the diversity of this unique pottery community