Ben Owen III (B. 1968) has made pottery for sale since he was 13 years old at the site where his grandfather and father established the Old Plank Road Pottery in the Seagrove area of Piedmont North Carolina in 1959. He worked at the potter's wheel during high school and in the early 1990s while in college. He produced work in the shapes, glazes and traditions of his grandfather. As he grew older and more experienced, he traveled in the US attending workshops and conferences.
He also traveled abroad, to Japan, Australia, New Zealand and to Europe and recently to China where he diversified his experience while taking advantage of an exchange program and visiting local artist.