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The work is stoneware, a high fired clay known for strength and durability. Functional items predominate: bowls, plates, mugs, tumblers, lamps, planters, jars, vases, candle lanterns, votives, colanders, pitchers, wine coolers, honey pots, sauceboats, cheese shakers, crocks, jugs, decanters, flower pots, oil lamps, candleholders, mirror frames, soap dishes, spoon rests, pour bottles, salt shakers, hanging lamps, fountains, ornaments and clocks. Ceramic earrings, pins, and necklaces are also produced. Glazes range from earth tones to rich blues and greens. Decorations include painted patterns, leaf imprints, carving, and appliqués. Baskets are woven with reed and sea grass. Onion and garlic baskets are the specialty, with larger forms - egg and potato baskets - produced occasionally.

Born Free

There have been many inhabitants of The Outer Banks over the years. Its earliest residents, Native Americans, made their villages up and down the length of The Banks, drawing what they needed to survive from the land and sea. The Native Americans were eventually pushed out by immigrant Europeans seeking a new land in which to make [...]

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The Outer Banks and You

Whether or not you have ever been to the Outer Banks before, there are probably a few things you already know about it. You might know Orville and Wilbur Wright built and flew the first successful aircraft there. You’re probably aware of the several light houses that dot the shores. If you’re into romance novels, you’ve [...]

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Colors on the Shore

On every stretch of beach in North Carolinas Outer Banks there lies countless remnants of lives once lived. Indeed, the very sand on which we walk is all that remains of bone, shell and boulder worn by weather and wave over countless lifetimes. It must be assumed then that for each insignificant grain of sand on the [...]

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Fire and Brimstone

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is home to a great number of legends, and perhaps even more legendary characters. None of these seem to shine quite as brightly as the tall tales surrounding the many pirates who once haunted these waters. The mystery surrounding these enigmatic figures has captivated every adventure minded young (or young [...]

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Banks Bags (For Shopping, that is)

There are a probably about a million reasons to come and visit The Outer Banks of North Carolina. One of the best reasons to come is to sample the many wares and merchandise on offer from the Outer Banks shopping establishments. Shopping here can be as diverse and engaging as anywhere else in the world. Local cottage [...]

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Smaller Than I Had Ever Felt

I remember, fairly vividly my first trip to the Outer Banks as a youth. I was around eleven years old when my brother, father, mother and I all piled into my father’s hunter green Chevrolet pick-up truck and hit the road from our home in the foothills of Virginia. I recall gazing lazily out the tiny window of [...]

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Adrift

In Norse mythology, the first two human beings to walk the Earth were Askr and Embla. Odin, the chief god of the mythos, chose for this task two pieces of driftwood that had washed ashore, one a sturdy length of ash, the other elm. From such humble beginnings, all mankind was born. Children of Earth and [...]

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The Currituck Light

There are few things as iconic or as defining as the lighthouses that dot the Outer Banks of North Carolina. These towering monoliths evoke a sense of wonder and excitement in all those lucky enough to stand beneath them. Few things truly give one the sense of connection to the history of these islands the way [...]

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From the Cradle to the Kiln

There is a tradition among Southerners; we fend for ourselves. The very idea of asking for help leaves a sour taste in our mouths. We are craftsmen, fishermen, hunters and farmers. It should come as no surprise then that in many parts of North Carolina, the crafting of pottery has found a deep and lasting place in [...]

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