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Clay: North Carolina

April 23-28, 2014

North Carolina is fertile ground for pottery making and has been for over 200 years. Please join Curator of Ceramics Peter Held for a fun-filled exploration of the state’s remarkable historical and contemporary pottery and craft enclaves: Jugtown/Seagrove, Pittsboro, Hickory, and some very scenic points in between. Along the way, we will meet accomplished artists, passionate collectors of craft and folk art; and distinguished museum directors and curators who now carry the mantle of North Carolina’s rich and renowned clay heritage.

Visits to vibrant Charlotte and gracious Asheville will bookend our time along North Carolina’s back roads and through its small towns. At all stops we will enjoy the best-in-market accommodations and regionally acclaimed chefs — from decidedly down home and legendary ‘Q’ houses to upscale New Southern Cuisine.

As with all Ceramics Research Center trips, Peter’s reputation and relationships within the national ceramics community will afford us unprecedented access.