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27 2016 Bay Colony Lane $519,900 1429 S. Moorings Drive $650,000 2404 Ocean Point Place $789,000 1915 Hallmark Lane $489,000 1420 Quadrant Circle $989,000 1922 Gresham Court   $539,900 1100 Turnberry Lane $695,000 1349 Regatta Drive $839,000 1720 Drysdale Drive • 910-256-6111 • www.landfallrealty.com www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM Owen’s studio sits on the site of Ben Sr.’s Old Plank Road Pottery, opened in 1959. The original shop now serves as a one-room museum, displaying family works through the years, including vases, bowls, animal figurines, and circular canteens, in addition to collected pieces. Two prizes in the collection are vases dat-ing 1,000 and 4,000 years old cre-ated in the Gansu Province of China during the Neolithic period. The Seagrove museum is not the only place to see Ben Sr.’s pieces. They are on display all over the world. “Grandpa’s work is in the Louvre, the New York Metropolitan,” Owen says. “And there was a big donation of pottery by the Pruitt family to the Cameron Museum in Wilmington.” His own work is prominently displayed throughout the United States, in luxury hotels like the Umstead in Raleigh and the Boston Ritz Carlton, and in several muse-ums, including the Smithsonian. His pottery has been commis-sioned for politicians, sportsmen and performers, including Ronald Reagan, Arnold Palmer, Elton John, James Taylor, Bob Hope, and Perry Como. “It is an honor to make some-thing meaningful,” he says. About half of his work is commis-sioned art these days. “I say I am a short-order potter,” he laughs. Buyers should know handmade pottery takes a while to produce. Bigger pieces, like 4-8 foot vases can take a month to dry, making the process from concept to delivery at least a two-month timetable. Owen, who considered mechani-cal engineering as a course of study, built much of his own studio, which is light and airy with high ceilings. He has 13 kilns: three wood, four


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