SouthBound: Potter Ben Owen III On Crafting Art From Clay And His Family’s Legacy

Aug 8, 2018

In the middle of the North Carolina Piedmont, halfway between Charlotte and Raleigh, there’s a little town called Seagrove that is famous for one thing: Pottery. Dozens of potters live and work there, continuing a tradition that has lasted in Seagrove more than 100 years.

Credit Courtesy of Ben Owen III

Ben Owen III is a descendant of one of the first families of Seagrove pottery. He brings his family’s values into every piece he makes. Ben’s work appears everywhere from the Smithsonian to hotels and galleries all over the world. He has spent his life turning lumps of Carolina clay into works of art. Here’s our conversation.

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Show Notes:

Other music in this episode:

  • Blue Dot Sessions, "Clay Pawn Shop"

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