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Commemorative Seagrove Plate


Dorothy C. Auman (American, 1925 - 1991)

Dorothy Cole Auman, an eighth-generation potter, and her husband Walter, also a potter with roots in the Seagrove tradition, began their collection with a great interest in preserving the rich history of North Carolina ceramics. Dorothy’s research, archeological excavations, and accumulation of pottery details the region’s history from its eighteenth-century origins with German and English immigrant pottery, to the development of a functional ceramic industry in the nineteenth century, and the emergence of an art pottery tradition in the twentieth.

Dorothy made this plate to commemorate the first annual Seagrove Potters Festival in 1982. In the center of the plate is an image of Dorothy’s pottery shop crowned by a detail of Dorothy’s hands throwing a piece on her wheel. The plate’s border lists the names of potters working in Seagrove at the time.

Place object was created: Seagrove, NC


Measurements:    diameter: 10.25 inches    height: 2.25 inches

Gift of Daisy Wade Bridges 2010.20.31

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