Our New Home

The new home of the North Carolina Potters Conference could not be more fitting than in Seagrove, NC - known as the Pottery Capital of the United States. In his book on Wood-Fired Stoneware and Porcelain, Pennsylvania potter Jack Troy declares,

“If North America has a ‘pottery state’ it must be North Carolina. . . . There is probably no other state with such a highly developed pottery-consciousness.”

No other state possesses such a large, diverse, and continuous pottery heritage. Within a twenty-mile radius of Seagrove, there are eighty-plus family-operated pottery shops, and numerous others can be found across the state, most notably in the Catawba Valley and around Asheville and Penland in the mountains of western NC.

The majority of the conference programming will be held at the Historic Luck’s Cannery located inside the Seagrove city limits along Pottery Highway 705, just 0.7 miles from the conference host and organizer, the nonprofit North Carolina Pottery Center. There is ample parking at the Historic Luck’s Cannery. (See the Map on the Travel & Lodging page.)

Historic Luck’s Cannery

Undergoing Renovations

Architect rendering showing the future Historic Luck’s Cannery Amphitheater.

Architect rendering showing the future Historic Luck’s Cannery Amphitheater.

In 2017, 5.5 acres containing a 90,000 square foot portion of the Historic Luck's Cannery was donated to the town of Seagrove by Sapona Plastics.

Renovations to this facility are ongoing, and surrounded by the thriving local Seagrove pottery scene, it is becoming a municipal center which will provide city services, entertainment, shops, community space, and an event space - the Luck Comer Lail Center - for locals and visitors.

For the 2020 NC Potters Conference, as renovations on the Luck Comer Lail Center will likely still be underway, Sapona Plastics is graciously allowing us the use of some space in an adjacent building which is still part of the Historic Luck’s Cannery complex.