Jugtown Pottery
330 Jugtown Road,
Seagrove, NC 27341






Jugtown Pottery, a working pottery and an American Craft Shop, is located in a grove of trees and bamboo eight miles south of Seagrove, NC in the community of Westmoore.

It is just off Busbee Road, a road named for Jacques and Juliana Busbee, the founders of Jugtown. Both artists, with a love of pottery, they began stamping Jugtown pieces in 1922, after running a Tea and American Craft shop in New York City beginning in 1917.

Today Jugtown follows the same approach to pottery as laid out by the Busbee's. Vernon Owens, recipient of the NC Folk Heritage Award and the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, wife Pam, son Travis and daughter Bayle are the main potters; while Bobby Owens mixes clay and glazes the pieces.

Form comes first, a simple continuous line, then a complimentary glaze and occasional decoration. These handmade pieces that are either wood or gas fired. Drawing from the tradition, you will find traditional jugs and candlesticks in wood fired salt glaze and frogskin, and tableware's in green, blue, brown and gray. You will also find deceptively simple vases, bowls and jars in glazes made with wood ash, local clays, copper reds, greens and iron earthtones.

Ikuko Hussey, Brenda Schmidt and Aaron Cinque work in the Sales cabin and Glaze room.


fish jar


Jar; collaboration Travis, Vernon, Pam and Bayle

two heads

Chicken Candle Stick





Schedule of Pots in the Jugtown Pottery Shop


April 18-19, 2015....Spring Kiln Opening at Jugtown!
New wood fired wares, new crafts, new jewelry pieces!
Forty-two potteries are participating in this special event hosted by the Seagrove Area Potters Association.

Friday, April 24, 2015
7-9 pm, NC Pottery Center Education Building
233 East Avenue
Seagrove, NC 27341

7-8 pm: Community Potluck and Social Hour 
8-9 pm: Jugtown Pottery will be presenting at the North Carolina Pottery Center for the April installment of the Monthly Slide Lecture Series. Jugtown, open since 1917, is the oldest continually operating pottery in the area. Members of the Owens family will talk about the pottery’s history. They will cover the Busbee era, the Mare era, the Country Roads era, and the present, with a look at glaze and shape development and changes as the pottery evolved. Join us for a night with a Seagrove classic! 

Come on out and join us for a fun evening! A potluck at 7 pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the talk at 8 pm. For more information, call the center at (336)873-8430.
Check the Available Pots page on our website
with a nice selection of pieces. Give us a call if we can help!



Radio Interview:

Paul Blais, host of the popular podcast Doubt the Doubts, has started a new show focusing on pottery, called The Potters Cast. One of his first episodes features an interview with Travis. Check out the link below:



Vernon Owens

Pam Owens

Travis Owens


Bayle Owens



Nancy Sweezy






All information and photos on this site are © Jugtown Pottery, 2011, 2012. Contact us at jugtown@mindspring.com.