Few crafters can offer work from a lineage like the one Bolick Pottery holds. Glenn Bolick and Lula Owens Bolick operate Bolick Pottery which sits on land that’s been in the Bolick family for 5 generations. Glenn and Lula, 2018 NC Heritage Award winners, met in 1962 in Asheboro, NC, not far from Seagrove. The two married soon after and worked with Lula’s father, M.L. Owens, at Original Owens Pottery in Seagrove for 10 years before moving back to Glenn’s homeplace in Lenoir. There Bolick Pottery produces handmade, wheel thrown pottery with clay dug from a pit in South Carolina and mixed by hand in their studio. They use a 150-year-old brick mill powered by a pully and a tractor and turn their wares on electric potters’ wheels. Their pottery is fired in electric and groundhog style wood burning kilns. Lula is a 5th generation potter and produces many functional forms. Glenn makes pie plates, platters, and pitchers.
The grounds are home to numerous historic structures and feature picnic tables, an ambling stream, and a stage for live music and events. Bolick Pottery fires and opens their groundhog kilns each year on the last Saturday of June and the Saturday after Thanksgiving. At these unique kiln openings, members of the Bolick family pull freshly cured Santa face jugs, Rebekah pitchers, sculpted animals, candlestick, and other traditional shapes out of the kiln. They price the still warm items and set them out on tables to be displayed. The tables are cordoned off and visitors gather ’round. Once all the pieces are set, the cord is broken, and customers rush into be the first to grab the piece that’s caught their eye. It’s an experience that visitors will not forget!
Monday – Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5