I think a lot about community.
I moved to Seagrove in 1976- there were no outsiders living here at that time. The potters here were all from lines who had migrated here from somewhere else over or about 300 years ago now.
We were in the group of potters from the local community college who were learning to make pots and opening shops. Our fellow students from then would become our fellow potters in the early 80's and beyond. Some of those folks were Milly McCanless of Dover Pottery, David Garner of Turn and Burn, Fred Bean of Old House Pottery, Mack Chrisco of Chrisco Pottery- just to name a few.
When we opened in 1982 there were 12 shops in the greater Seagrove area- in about a year and a half there were 24- in another year or so there were 50- it just kept growing.
Some days as I look back on the changes of the area I also look at how the changes effected the area. For the most part I think the changes raised the bar on how pottery is made and viewed in Seagrove today. As the competition grew so did the quality of the work. In many ways competition is good for artist it makes them work harder.
With that said----
Today I am featuring our friends at Avery Pottery and Tileworks.
They moved here and are "embedded" in Seagrove. They have a son, they bought property and built a shop. They are part of the ever growing community in Seagrove.
Blaine is a thrower, while Laura is a Tile and Jewelry maker.
They are some of the folks who have brought their work to Seagrove and enhanced the area.
I hope you will enjoy taking a look and visit over to their website and blog.