the rich earth. In North Carolina’s Piedmont region,
coarse clay soil serves as inspiration for potters. For
nearly 200 years, master potters have forged a unique
tradition and style of pottery making, crafting local
clays into incredible forms and colors.
Seagrove area attracts visitors from around the country.
Here, generations of potters have perfected a
salt-glazing technique developed by their European
descendants. The results are beautiful works that are
functional, yet masterful works of art. It’s fitting
that the North Carolina Pottery Center makes its home in
Seagrove and that two major pottery festivals are held
in this region each year. Opportunities abound to tour
quaint galleries and working artists studios in this
rich soil that produces beautiful pottery also
contributes to a thriving agriculture community.
Vineyards roll across the hills. One of the state’s two
wine trails meanders through here. Farmers markets
overflow with heirloom tomatoes, cut flowers, lavender
and basil, arugula and other leafy greens, berries,
figs—nearly every fruit and vegetable you can imagine.
fact, this area has the largest concentration of organic
farms in North Carolina. You can visit many farm
operations and enjoy hands-on experiences while you
sample the tasty goat cheeses, herb breads and fresh
fruits and vegetables.
quote by popular author Barbara Kingsolver found on the
Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Web site for
organic and sustainable farming sets the stage for what
you might expect on this trail:
lofty things you might accomplish today, you will do
them only because you first ate something that grew
out of dirt.”
Is it a coincidence or is
it natural to add that the beautiful pottery you are
eating from may have also come from the same place?
Plan your trip using the
drop down list of towns and the map at the right, or by
the category links on the left.