Jugtown, as we know it today, was started in 1917 by Jacques Busbee, an artist from a famous old North Carolina family. In the early days, most potters had made jugs for distilleries. When prohibition was enacted, much of the North Carolina pottery making stopped. A few potters kept at their trade, making jars, churns, crocks, and pie dishes. In fact, you might credit the staring of Jugtown to a pie dish.