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Mark and Meredith Heywood moved from Norfolk, VA to Whynot, NC just 2 miles outside of Seagrove NC in 1976 shortly after the birth of their first child to live on Meredith’s grandparent’s farm. During the process of raising two children and becoming fully involved with farm life they became acquainted with the local potters, some of whom Meredith had known well as a child. Several of these people encouraged them to try their hands at the wheel. The encouragement of friends only goes so far and so it wasn't long before they were both enrolled in a community college pottery course. Meredith was taking classes during the day. Mark was a night student, working during the day in the local furniture industry.

The Heywood’s have been self employed as potters since their business, Whynot Pottery, opened in 1982.

Both the Heywood’s…

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  • Born on October 1
  • Joined September 15, 2008

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Mark and Meredith Heywood moved from Norfolk, VA to Whynot, NC just 2 miles outside of Seagrove NC in 1976 shortly after the birth of their first child to live on Meredith’s grandparent’s farm. During the process of raising two children and becoming fully involved with farm life they became acquainted with the local potters, some of whom Meredith had known well as a child. Several of these people encouraged them to try their hands at the wheel. The encouragement of friends only goes so far and so it wasn't long before they were both enrolled in a community college pottery course. Meredith was taking classes during the day. Mark was a night student, working during the day in the local furniture industry.

The Heywood’s have been self employed as potters since their business, Whynot Pottery, opened in 1982.

Both the Heywood’s spent time with local potters that would have an influence on their work. Some of those potters were Dorothy and Walter Auman, Vernon Owens and Virginia Shelton. The people who are most directly responsible for the encouragement given to the Heywood’s to become potters were John and Agnes Almquist, good friends who were employed at Jugtown Pottery after having apprenticed there.

Further education in ceramic arts has been in the form of workshops and one-on-one work with more experienced artists. Workshop instructors include Tracy Dotson, John Leach, Byron Temple, Jack Troy, Don Reitz, Cynthia Bringle, David and Margaret Frith, Jeff Oestreich, Michael Sherrill, Ruthanne Tudball, Suzy Lindsay, Kent McLaughlin and many more.

Meredith was a member of the Randolph County Arts Guild Board of Directors from 1991 until 1996 and a past member of the RAG gallery committee. She and Mark helped produce a map for the local area potters during this time.
Meredith was also a member of the North Carolina Potters' Conference planning committee from 1989-2004.
Meredith is a currant board member and secretary of The North Carolina Pottery Center located in Seagrove. She has served on many of the committees helping to bring workshops and exhibits to the center and worked as co-chair of their annual auction committee. She has been curator or co-curator of several pottery exhibitions that have been held in North Carolina. Her most recent show was “Clay and Blogs; Telling a Story” presented at the Campbell House Gallery in Southern Pines, NC in October of 2010.
Meredith was an adviser to and helped to form the local potters group now know as The Seagrove Area Potters Association (SAPA). She worked on the map and web site committees.


Mark and Meredith Heywood have twice worked with East Carolina University to host potters from Finland, Estonia and Denmark in Seagrove for a two-week workshop and cultural exchange. They have also worked with The Hermitage Foundation in Norfolk, VA to bring a group of potters from Seagrove NC to VA. The show, Clay Days, was held for ten years as an annual event.

Mark was assistant to Tracy and Catherine Dotson for a 3 week kiln building and firing workshop at Penland School of Crafts in the mid 1980’s.

The Heywood’s have been presenters for Our State magazine’s weekend away at the Grove Park Inn and at the Pinehurst Hotel. Meredith has also been asked to speak to groups about Seagrove and its history most recently being the North Carolina Pottery Collectors Guild at NCSU.

The Heywood’s have been included in many newspaper articles and magazine articles about Seagrove, Whynot, NC, and their work.
They are both members of the North Carolina Pottery Center, The Randolph Arts Guild and The Seagrove Area Potters Association.

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