Grants provide essential support for the Pottery Center’s mission of promoting awareness of North Carolina’s rich pottery making traditions, past and present. In terms of public grant support from the state of North Carolina, the center annually receives (approximately) the following:
- NC Arts Council – General Support, $17,000
- NC Arts Council – Traditional Arts Program in Schools (TAPS), $7,200
NCPC/Seagrove Traditional Arts Program in Schools (TAPS)
The TAPS funding mentioned above annually supports two sessions of 5th-grade after school pottery workshops, one session in the fall and one in the spring.
Well-known local potter Sid Luck of Lucks Ware Pottery leads the program for the North Carolina Pottery Center. Local potters Chad Brown and Susan Greene, along with Emily Lassiter (educational program manager), and Josh Floyd (artist-in-residence), are teaching assistants for the program. A total of around 20 fifth graders from Seagrove Elementary School are accepted into the program annually. There are two sessions of up to 10 students each, one session in the fall and one in the spring. Classes meet after school once weekly for ten weeks. Students learn the basics of traditional wheel turning, hand building, and glazing along with the history of the area.