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One-of-a-Kind Kitchen Art at Carolina Creations in New Bern

Shown here, the CJ Deviled Egg or Oyster server in three colors. Moore about the artists: North Carolina pottery by Tonda and Joe Jeffcoat have combined their talents and love of clay in the creation of functional pottery for over 30 years.  Tonda, an art educator, and Joe, a retired banker with BB&T, graduated from Atlantic Christian College and continued their study of pottery in the initial ceramics class at Wilson Technical Institute in 1974.  Study with Susan and Lanny Pelletier, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, and Frank Byrd provided the critical fundamentals which have allowed them to develop their own, personal style.

Shown here, the CJ Deviled Egg or Oyster server in three colors. More about the artists: North Carolina pottery by Tonda and Joe Jeffcoat have combined their talents and love of clay in the creation of functional pottery for over 30 years. Tonda, an art educator, and Joe, a retired banker with BB&T, graduated from Atlantic Christian College and continued their study of pottery in the initial ceramics class at Wilson Technical Institute in 1974. Study with Susan and Lanny Pelletier, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, and Frank Byrd provided the critical fundamentals which have allowed them to develop their own, personal style.

Who says serving dishes and platters have to be utilitarian? It’s so much better when they express a bit of artistic flair, show off your personal style and complement your table decor.

I visited Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery in New Bern, NC and thoroughly enjoyed studying the one-of-a-kind ceramics and wood creations that will do so much to enhance a dinner table.

This lovely shop is owned  by artists Janet and Michael Francoeur and sells their own work plus the work of over 300 well-known artists and craftsmen. As they write, “For 24 years we’ve showcased art you’ll love and use — every day. We’re open seven days a week. Come find out how easy it is to fall in love.” 

Okay, so this treat isn't edible - but it is good! The lemongrass bath cupcake "has the power to calm, relax, invigorate and detoxify. Simply unwrap the cupcake paper and toss it in the tub under warm running water. It will immediately fizz and bubble, and awaken your senses while softening the water," says Carolina Creations' website.

Okay, so this treat isn’t edible – but it is good! The lemongrass bath cupcake “has the power to calm, relax, invigorate and detoxify.Simply unwrap the cupcake paper and toss it in the tub under warm running water. It will immediately fizz and bubble, and awaken your senses while softening the water,” says Carolina Creations’ website.

In addition to original art and ceramic, wood, and metal serving ware, the shop also sells an assortment of paper goods and personal care treats.  Visit to find wedding cups, peppermint candy ornaments, pewter chowder spoons, and a bottle stopper Claddagh.

I absolutely love my travel tin Library candles by Paddywax. I bought the Austen  with gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine fragrance notes, and the Dickinson, scented with lavender and cassis.  Perfect to pack for stuffy hotel rooms while you’re on the road for your next culinary adventure!

Culinary Creations

317-A Pollock Street

New Bern, NC 28560

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