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
The shop is well stocked with copper reds, vases, and decorated pieces. Also, we have new wooden puzzles, wooden utensils, and many fine American crafts.

Fall event at Jugtown

Saturday October 11; Celebrating American Craft Week, open 8:30-5:00
Jugtown Pottery will have a Wood fired kiln opening with pieces from Vernon, Pam, Travis and Bayle. The first 2014 Birds on limbs, salt glaze, wood fired on a tree limb and ready to hang in your window or on your tree by Jennie Lorette Keatts; along with new JLK designs.

An opening of photographs by Angela V. Walker from Chapel Hill-- The photographs are all taken at Jugtown Pottery. Meet long time Jugtown friend, Angela, from 10:00-12:00 Saturday morning; learn about and purchase a photograph framed with reconstructed barn board. "The photographic images that I create reflect my desire to see and capture a view of simple wonder"
A book signing with Steve Compton-starts at 11 am -- It's Just Dirt! The Historic Art Potteries of North Carolina's Seagrove Region -- Fonthill Media. Hardbound. 144 pages. Ten major potteries, plus more than 25 other shops; lots of historic photos; 260 pottery marks in color. Meet Steve and find out more about the book and take home a signed copy.
Refreshments served, including Ikuko’s famous rum cake. New crafts for the fall.


Wedding Registry for

Anna Kuykendal and Mauricio Valentin Rusconi

Please call to order Wedding pieces 910-464-3266


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.