Area Potters Association, Inc. is dedicated
to promoting and marketing the historical, geographical
pottery community that works and resides in a corner of
the Randolph, Moore, and Montgomery counties of North Carolina.
This small “Seagrove area"
of central NC has been home to many potters since the late 1700s.
Potters who grew up in NC pottery families, locals inspired by NC
pottery traditions who learned their trade at Seagrove area community
colleges, and potters from elsewhere attracted by the Seagrove pottery
community run the nearly one hundred Seagrove area pottery shops.
There are a few pottery shops in the town of Seagrove, which is
also the home of the NC Pottery Center, but many more potteries
are located in the surrounding rural area. Several potteries are
located along NC Hwy 705 or its side roads, prompting the state
to designate Hwy 705 as the official “NC Pottery Highway". Although the majority of the potteries in the Seagrove Area Potters
Association have a mailing address of “Seagrove", many
are actually located in Northwestern Moore County, more widely
known for the famous Pinehurst and Southern Pines area golf resorts.
Seagrove area potters can be found in their shops most weekdays,
quietly working with clay on their potter’s wheels, in
much the same fashion as the first potters attracted to central
NC by the abundant local clay. The mission of the Seagrove
Area Potters Association is to help you find those hardworking
artists, visit their studios and find just the right pottery
to grace your home. The organization is led by a board of
directors made up of potters and other interested individuals
from the community. The Discover Seagrove website, along with
the SAPA Visitors Guide, lists hours and other important information
about the local potters to help you plan your visit.
We look forward to meeting you!