Sometime around 1972, I was asked by Ralph Rinzler (then director of the Smithsonian Folklife Department) to go to Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove NC and photograph the “making of pottery”, from mud to finished pot.

That assignment led to a deep appreciation of these wonderful hand made pots and of the people who made (and continue to make) them.

Run today by NEA National Heritage winner Vernon Owens and his family, Jugtown continues to produce traditional dinner ware, jugs, candlesticks and other native forms from the traditions of this area which is so well known for pottery for more than 200 years.

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