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     As of July 1st,  I am slowly building back from a shoulder problem and am not yet back up to making the larger pieces.  Hopefully in another month my clay work will not be so limited, but in the meantime I'm getting out a lot of smaller wares!

      A kilnload of new pottery is unloaded here every other week. In July kilns will be opened on July 11 and July 26.  Both weeks will be redware kilns, a mix of plain and decorated.

     Links to videos

Mary at the Art in Clay Symposium at Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KvuEzzEpx8

Video of an exhibit installation at Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site which interpreted the surroundings of Dr. Judd, a missionary/physician in the early 19th century.  Pottery by Westmoore Pottery is included in the replica furnishings.:

http://www.missionhouses.org/index.php/exhibitions

 

Inspired by the Past

Westmoore Pottery is a small company started in 1977 by potters David and Mary Farrell. Our interest in preserving a piece of our  past is reflected in the wares we sell -- historical pottery, a little handblown glassware as well as books on historical decorative arts and cookery.  

The pottery is made on the premises here in the Westmoore Community, halfway between the small towns of Seagrove and Robbins in North Carolina. The ware is made in the old traditions with the look and feel of pottery from the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries, up to around 1850. A special interest of Westmoore Pottery is pottery which was used in the early days of North Carolina; this includes pottery made in England, Germany, New England, Pennsylvania, and of course, pottery made in the central area of North Carolina.

Several types of pottery are made at Westmoore Pottery: redware, both plain and decorated; saltglazed stonewares; and green-glazed wares. The pottery is made to be used and the glazes are absolutely lead-free.

In 2010, Dave quit making pottery to pursue a late-life career teaching math at the nearby community college.  He had been taking classes part-time for years in preparation for the switch, and absolutely loves teaching!  So since the Fall of 2010, I (Mary Farrell) have been running Westmoore Pottery on my own.

Though a potter myself, I also love handblown glass! For over twenty years Westmoore Pottery often has sold historical glassware that goes well with our own pottery, both visually and in period-appropriateness. Various craftsmen have blown the glass for us over the years but it is difficult today to find glass artists with enthusiasm for traditional glass and the skills to make it.  Right now most of our handblown glass is the work of glassblowers from Greenfield Village (Henry Ford Museum) in Michigan. 

Westmoore's pottery has been used by over 120 museums as furnishings for historic buildings and in programs. We have also supplied pottery and glass for a number of historically-based films. Westmoore's pottery can be found in several museum collections and is enjoyed by many private individuals as well.

For more detail about all the work we sell, visit the "Wares for Sale" section of our website.

We like being a small business and intend to stay small. Potter Mary Farrell does everything -- making the pots, waiting on customers in the retail store, and mopping the floors! It gives me great joy to be able to present to the American public a product that still has the heart, soul, and pride of the maker behind it.

Browse this website, and if you have unanswered questions, don't hesitate to email or call.

 

Westmoore Pottery

4622 Busbee Road, Seagrove, NC 27341

Telephone: (910)464-3700

(Closed Wednesdays and Sundays)