Seagrove Potteries

Yesterday’s daytrip to Seagrove potteries in Seagrove, North Carolina was very nice.  We have lived in the state for twenty years plus but had never made the 1-1/2 hour trip from Charlotte.  A feature article in the July issue of “Our State” magazine was the catalyst that we needed.

“Gretchen”, our Garmin, routed us up to Albmarle and then over the low ranging hills that are the remains of the Uwharrie Mountains.  Along the way we passed through Uwharrie National Forest with pastoral vistas of Lakes Tillery and Badin.  This is a place I need to come back to someday.

There are over one hundred working potteries in the Seagrove area and thier works are known around the world.  The first potters settled in this area in the eighteenth century because of the quality of the clay and the need for utilitarian stoneware.

We arrived in Seagrove around 11:30 and and found our way to the N.C. Pottery Center.  The pottery center is a combination of a museum, pottery sample display and a gift shop.  After marking our map for the “don’t miss” shops we headed out.

Before lunch we visited the Humble Mill Pottery, Lantern Hill Pottery, Uwharrie Crystaline Pottery ( a verydifficult process) and Seagrove Stoneware Inn and Pottery.  All very interesting and each one unique.  

Seagrove Family RestaurantNow it was time for lunch. The Seagrove Family Restaurant south of town on Hwy Business 220 had been the overwhelming recommendation and it closed at 2 o’clock.  From the parking lot we might have turned around and gone back to town.  I’m glad we didn’t.  It was the quintessential meat and three vegetables, small town restaurant.  I knew that we were in the right place when there were tables pushed together with multi-generational gatherings and at least half the males were wearing thier baseball caps.  This was my kind of place.  We both had homemade chicken salad with walnuts and grapes.  Bonnie had a platter and I had a sandwich accompanied by warm home-made potato chips.  Fortunately we both saved enough room to share a cherry cobbler 🙂

After lunch we headed southeast along Route 705, also known as the pottery highway.  For those of you who are pinto bean historians, we passed the original factory of Luck’s Bean Cannery just outside of Seagrove.

We stopped at a number of potteries along the way including the Dirt Works featured in Our State magazine but the one that stands out in our minds is the Crystal King Pottery.Crystal King Pottery 1  We were intriqued by the name. It turns out that the proprieter is a young woman by the name of Crystal King.  A second generation potter, she is the daughter of the the King Pottery family who learned the trade from Dorothy and Walter Almond, eighth generation Seagrove potters.  The shop was delightful with pine paneling and soft country music playing in the Crystal King 3background.  We had been looking for a trip souvenir and this is where we found it.  A seven-inch tall, lidded jar with red lillies on the top. It was inscribed with the verse from Matthew 6:28-29.  A wonderful comfort for these uncertain times.  It is now sitting in a promenient place on our fireplace mantle.

Too soon the afternoon slipped away and we selected “home” on the Garmin and headed back to Charlotte to arrive home in time to freshen up and head out for dinner with friends.

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