A.R. Cole began building a barn in 1927 and asked his wife if it should be for tobacco or pottery. She did not have a preference and realized it was to be for pottery when the rafters were too short for tobacco. Thus continued the Cole family tradition begun in the 1600s in Staffordshire, England. Neolia (who was born on the day in 1927 when A.R. fired his first batch of pottery) and Celia, his daughters, continue the tradition today with Neolia's grandson, Kenneth, at their shop in Sanford, NC.
The video includes the pottery-making process - grinding clay, turning and drying pots, and unloading the kiln - along with comments from the potters.
Celia and Neolia Cole received a North Carolina Heritage Award in 2003.
"Winner" Best local documentary, Carolina Film and Video Festival 2000