Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove, NC, was founded by Jacques and Juliana Busbee in 1921. Ben’s grandfather, Ben Owen Sr., was a potter at Seagrove’s Jugtown Pottery for close to four decades starting in the early 1920s. At Jugtown, Jacques Busbee was doing extensive research on glazes and developed many of the colors that Ben Owen Sr. went on to use at the pottery. Dogwood White was inspired by Chinese and Japanese white finishes for pottery, a finish that was thick enough to look like icing on a cake. In 1928, the Busbees entered a vase into the Dogwood Festival. It was glazed in this thick white and made by Ben Owen Sr. The vase was awarded best in show and ever since, the glaze has been known as Dogwood White. This glaze works well for weddings and for a display of flowers. The medallion on the side of a Dogwood Vase resembles the shape of the blossom from a dogwood tree.
Scroll down to see some examples of works glazed in Dogwood White.