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.


Schedule of Pots in the Jugtown Pottery Shop

We have a nice selection of pots and fine American Crafts in the shop.
The Valentine Open House on Saturday, February 7 is the perfect time to buy special, handmade gifts and check out the new pots and crafts. Valentines Day on Busbee Road
We have updated the Available Pots page on our website
with a nice selection of pieces. Give us a call if we can help!



UNC-TV Collecting Carolina

Broadcast Date: 2/12/2015
Watch North Carolina Weekend on Thursdays at 9PM and Fridays at 8:30PM for new episodes of Collecting Carolina,

‘Collecting Carolina’ is off to Seagrove, the epicenter of North Carolina’s eastern pottery community.  With over 100 potter’s studios to explore, Producer Julia Carpenter and Curator Michael Ausbon from the North Carolina Museum of History show us how to plan our visits and give us a sampling of what is available to see and shop for. This community is steeped in a rich craft history, full of diversity and creativity, and encompasses everything from the traditional styles and museum reproductions to large works of modern art. Join them as they go into kilns old and new, and studios that produce some of the finest hand-crafted work. And put on your walking shoes, because the paths to the potters can be as varied as the pots you will discover.
to learn more

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.