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McCarty’s Pottery

Lee and Pup McCarty began McCarty's Pottery in the Delta and have achieved international recognition for their works. Located in Merigold, Mississippi, McCarty Pottery is a truly unique destination with the pottery studio, restaurant, and gardens. 

http://www.mccartyspottery.com

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Lee McCarty was teaching chemistry at the University of Mississippi in the 1950s when his wife, Pup, decided to take a pottery class.

“She was the only female in the class. It was filled with football players, so she asked Uncle Lee to take the class with her,” said Stephen Smith, the couple’s godson.

The McCartys quickly fell in love with wheel-thrown pottery, and in 1954, they settled back home in the tiny Delta town of Merigold, where they began McCarty Pottery in a converted barn. Now, 58 years later, Lee and Pup McCarty are legendary in artistic circles...

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Credit to: Robyn Jackson, Jackon Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/nov/26/mccartys-pottery-legacy/

Credit to: The Southern Documentary Project


In working on the story this week about the passing of pottery royalty Pup McCarty, I chatted with someone who told me, “I’ll bet 60 percent of all of the households in Mississippi have at least one piece of McCarty pottery in it.”

I’m not so sure about those numbers, but the mere fact that people are willing to throw around that number is proof of how wildly popular the McCarty’s product has been to Mississippians the last 50 years...

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Credit to: Ross Reily, MS Business Journal

http://msbusiness.com/2009/02/opinion-what-mccarty-pottery-means-to-mississippi/

Lee McCarty grew up in Merigold. He served during World War II and then met Pup, from Ethel, Mississippi, at Delta State College. At that time he planned to go into a career of science utilizing his expertise in Chemistry and Physics. After they married, they studied at Ole Miss where Lee began to blend his knowledge of science with his love of the arts. He was interested in jewelry making, and oddly enough, Pup was the one who first wanted to take pottery classes. She made him go with her so she wouldn't be by herself with all the football players. After graduate studies at Columbia University, they returned to Oxford and taught at Ole Miss before becoming full time freelance artists. William Faulkner allowed them to dig the clay for their first pieces from a ravine behind his home, Rowan Oaks...

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Credit to: McCarty's Pottery

http://www.mccartyspottery.com/#!mccartys-pottery--history/cw8r

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