Ben Owen Potter
Periodically, Ben Owen e-mails announcements of kiln openings to pottery devotees, who subsequently descend on his shop in central North Carolina to witness the unveiling of new vases, crocks and more. Might a kiln opening reveal something unexpected? "We’ve had a few pieces that didn’t turn out exactly the way I intended," laughs Owen. "But most work out well." Indeed they do: Pieces from Ben Owen Pottery are featured in prestigious galleries. The artfully simple creations that have been a family tradition for four generations can also be seen online and at Owen’s retail store. Occasionally, Owen crafts custom pieces, such as an extra-large vessel or a centerpiece.