The South has many connotations and distinctions, geographically, economically, historically, and culturally. While a number of states listed below are part of the Deep South, I am using the U.S. Census Bureau definition of ‘South.’ It can be confusing. More culturally accepted geographic divisions in the South often have nothing to do with state boundaries. For instance, I was born on the Florida Panhandle, which is part of the Deep South, as is east Texas. The reason for this is that the Panhandle continues to be influenced and populated by native Alabamans. At one time I had a thick Southern dialect, too, but it is long gone and, these days, only a smattering of Canadians detect any type of accent at all. But you didn’t come here for a geography lesson, did you? Well, I am continuing to cover ceramics blogs from the Open Directory. It feels good knowing these blogs are out there, featuring our favorite subject. Yet, in putting this page together, I was very surprised to see the wealth of blogs are from North Carolina. I do know that English, Welsh, and Scots-Irish ancestry figure strongly in people originally from this state. In addition, the Folk Arts have been kept alive in the southern states. You can still find fiddle and furniture makers, weavers, woodcarvers, and singers whose traditional repetoire can be directly traced to their English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish forebears. Africans brought their knowledge of pottery from their countries of origin. After all, it is a Universal medium. Whether the abundance of ceramists from North Carolina has anything to its traditional arts background, I don’t know, but it’s not a bad guess.