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Ben Owen finishes forming a pot in his studio. Ben Owen is working on a large piece (above in the gas-fired kiln) that will be installed in a new garden at the New Hanover County Arboretum on Veterans Day, November 11. The contemplation garden is being created to honor the five branches of the military. It will be named for 92-year-old Durwood Baggett, a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Bronze Star. Baggett served as the county extension agent for 28 years, and was instrumental in forming the county’s Master Gardener program. 26 WBM DEEP ROOTS in the red soil Shaping clay runs in the blood of one of Moore County’s native sons, Ben Owen III. His forefathers came from England and settled here to furnish pots, jugs and jars and other wares for the early settlers. The Owen name is one of seven listed on a historical marker along Highway 705 (Pottery Highway) recognizing the original families that brought the industry to the region in the 1700s. Ben Owen III, named a North Carolina Living Treasure by the University of North Carolina Wilmington Museum of World Cultures in 2004, was inspired by the work of his grandfather, his namesake and mentor. Ben Owen Sr., a master potter who worked for over 36 years at Jugtown Pottery, introduced his grandson to pottery when young Ben was just 8. By the age of 13, he was an apprentice under both his grandfather and father. INEW HANOVER COUNTY ARBORETUM INSTALLATION november 2015


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