Pottery from North Carolina

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One of the most popular North Carolina crafts is pottery, especially that made by the many potters in the Seagrove area. The library has a number of books on the subject. Browse in the 738.3 section of the North Carolina Collection and select those which interest you. Here are just a few of them:

Gilbreath, Ed, and Bob Conway. Traditional Pottery in North Carolina.
Mostly made up of black-and-white pictures with captions, the book also summarizes the history of North Carolina pottery.

Lock, Robert C. The Traditional Potters of Seagrove, North Carolina, and Surrounding Areas from the 1800s to the Present.
This is a beautiful book, with many color photographs. It tells about materials and technologies and then discusses the most famous potter families. There is a section on face jugs and one on identifying pottery from the potter’s marks. An appendix lists values and rarity.

Sweezy, Nancy. Raised in Clay.
This book on Southern pottery includes many North Carolina potters. It has numerous black-and-white illustrations and includes a well-illustrated section on the processes used by potters. There is another edition with a different call number.

Zug, Charles G., III. Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina.
This book includes many black-and-white photographs. It covers the history of North Carolina pottery, the technologies used, and the potters’ place in North Carolina culture.