On February 8th, Pup McCarty passed away.
She had been married to Lee for 58 years, and together they were the couple behind McCarty Pottery in Merigold, Mississippi. They began the business in 1954; early on, William Faulkner even gave them a clay pit on his property to use.
For the last several years, Pup and Lee had overseen aspects of the business, but their godsons Stephen and Jamie have really been in charge of the day-to-day operations for some time, including making the pieces.
The pottery studio will no doubt go on. But Pup will be greatly missed.
(BTW, if you’re not familiar with McCarty’s Pottery, the best way to get acquainted is to visit their studio in Merigold; the easiest way to find them is to just park at the water tower (you can see if from all over town) – turn around, and they are behind a huge stand of bamboo there. Oxford Floral also has a large selection.)