Young brothers make pottery together
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SANFORD, N.C—There are a lot of potters in North Carolina, but it’s probably safe to say that few are like Trey Taylor and Caleb Fulton. Caleb is 12-years-old and Trey is 13-years-old. They make their pottery at D.K. Clay in Sanford.
"Me and Trey are brothers. The Brothers Clay. T.B.C. That's our name for our pottery," said Fulton.
D.K. Clay is a place that their father came to work when the boys were just 3-years-old and 4-years-old. Potter Don Hudson is one of the owners at D.K. Clay.
"I don't think there's a time that they don't remember being around pottery," said Hudson.
At first the boys simply played with the clay, but that changed a few years ago. They have an aptitude for making pottery and others have noticed. Phil Morgan is one of the leaders of the Seagrove area pottery community. His work is some of the best around and he is impressed by the boys and how they are going about their business.
"They're learning from the ground up, from childhood, the way the old pottery families used to," said Morgan.
Caleb and Trey get quite a few sales, both at D.K. Clay and when they take their pottery to shows.
"They also liked that we're brothers and we're twelve and thirteen and we're doing this the way we're doing it," said Fulton.
The brothers’ efforts bring in spending money and they are putting aside funds for college. They do approach what they are doing as a business.
"We try to do our best to see what sells and what don't sell," said Taylor.
Neither Trey nor Caleb though is committed to making the pottery business their life’s work. For the moment however it is what they do.