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Note from shop owner Please visit our physical location at 307 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 for available products.

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Please visit our physical location at 307 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 for available products.

Port City Pottery and Fine Crafts

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The Adventure of Seven Potters

In 2007 a group of seven local potters formed Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, a cooperative gallery featuring all 3-D artisans. The energy and excitement for this new adventure from the members have made the gallery the success it as been for the last 13 years. Today there are 20+ members who participate in our gallery. Each person works one day a week and does other tasks to help the gallery. Your support of handmade at this time helps Galleries like ours to survive this Global Pandemic

During the COVID19 pandemic we are trying to offer new ways for our customers to find us. We are excited to bring handmade items from Wilmington, NC to you!

About Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts
Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, in the historic Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington, is the first gallery in Wilmington dedicated exclusively to local, handmade, one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional art and craft by jury-selected coastal North Carolina artisans. We present decorative and functional works in clay, fiber/textiles, gourds, baskets, jewelry, mixed media, glass and wood in a beautiful setting in this early 20th century historic building.

Handmade objects, whether held, worn, or displayed, enrich our lives by connecting us with our humanity, creativity, and our history. It is evident when you enter Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts that all of the Gallery members are pursuing not only art but their passion.

Our mission:
Provide Wilmington residents and visitors the opportunity to purchase and enjoy high quality, locally-made fine crafts
Showcase the talents of diverse coastal North Carolina artisans
Educate the public about the value, traditions, techniques, and innovations of American-made fine crafts of today
Expand the scope of Wilmington's art gallery experience

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Shop members

  • Sara Westermark

    Maker, Jeweler, Curator

    Sara is a self taught Metalsmith and has been working in the field for 14 years. Originally from Missouri, she moved to Wilmington, North Carolina 21 years ago. Sara has been a member of Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts gallery for 12 years.

  • Brad & Hazel Ecklund

    Maker, Wood Worker, Board Member

    Brad Eklund is an artist specializing in making designs of free-standing wooden jigsaw puzzles and intarsias. He and his wife Hazel have been creating wooden art since 2010. Their studio is nestled on the Green Swamp Nature Preserve.

  • Pat Holleman

    Maker, Potter, Owner

    Pat has been a potter for almost 50 years. She enjoys creating pots that are both pleasing to the eye and functional. She uses her pots as palates to create pieces that reflect her love of nature and her admiration of the Japanese masters.

  • Louise Giordano

    Maker, Fiber Artist, Board Member

    An early interest in knit and crochet turned into a passion for nuno felting. Louise creates wearable and functional art in these mediums, sometimes combining them. Her work is almost always original and her art may be worn in multiple ways.

  • Sally Eagon

    Maker, Weaver

    Weaving is a curious blend of precision and freedom - weave structure varies little, but materials chosen can make surprising differences in the final product. My emphasis is on texture and color with occasional forays into traditional patterns.

  • Dianne Masi

    Maker, Gourd Artist, Hand Dyed Silk Scarves

    Dianne has been creating art most of her life. In early 2000 she was introduced to pine needle coiling and gourd art and instantly fell in love with it. Recently Dianne has added hand-painted painted silk scarves to her body of creative work.

  • Lauren Rogers

    Maker, Potter

    Lauren is a Wilmington based potter who finds inspiration in the fluid movement & shifting palate of the ocean. She embodies these themes in her pots by asymmetrically pushing & pulling her clay during the forming, then layers glazes to move & blend.

  • Peg Latham

    Maker, Textiles, Mixed Media

    Peg concentrates on transforming discarded items into new, useful, and creative objects. She deconstructs textiles, telephone wires, and existing jewelry-manipulating the materials into wearable art or home goods. Lowering what goes to landfills.

  • Jean LeGwin

    Maker, Wood Turner

    I fell in love with wood when I began whittling as a child. I have discovered the endless possibilities of working on a lathe, and transforming lathe-turned objects using additional techniques such as dyeing, woodburning, texturing, and metal leaf.

  • June Druchunas

    Maker, Shipper, Steampunk Vintage Watch Jewelry

    I love antiques - but jewelry and watches have always been high on the list. Being able to take a nonfunctional item and bring it back to life is really exciting to me. The beauty and details hidden on the old timepiece are re-lived in my jewelry.

  • Sybil West

    Owner, Maker, Potter

    Clay continues to enliven my life. Part of the wonder of handmade items is that they are rarely perfect, but the love for the work is found in the product. And every pot holds the potter's love for the work - truly from my hands to your heart.

  • Simone Bell

    Maker, Stained Glass Artist

    I work in all facets of glass incorporating photography, fused glass, and stained glass to create my art as well as provide classes in stained and mosaic glass. I have also designed commission pieces for clients looking for something special.

  • Carol Langer

    Maker, Fiber Artist

    There is something about the colors and textures in fabric that draw me in and inspire me. Creating handbags specifically seemed a great way to "carry" the fabric around. I hope you enjoy carrying it around with you too.

  • Karen Harbaugh

    Maker, Board Member, Multi-Media Artist

    I fell in love with wood in my Dad’s shop in High School. After retiring from my career in Analytical Chemistry, I retuned to my love of handmade pieces. I enjoy combining clay, wood, and stained glass in unique, unexpected, or whimsical designs.

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