Goodbye, Lee McCarty

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Lee McCarty, who the Clarion Ledger described as ‘potter, philanthropist, consummate Deltan, legend’.  It was such a loss when Pup, his wife, passed away in 2009 but good to hear that he was still going into the studio to create.

My best friend’s wedding china is Faberge, and last week another friend was talking about registering for Herend, but what I wanted for years was McCarty (blissfully, we now have cabinets of nice china *and* McCarty, but if I had to choose between RC Flora Danica and McCarty to enjoy, McCarty wins).

Behind this bamboo, some of the most beloved pottery anywhere:
McCarty's Pottery in Merigold MS//

A variety of lamps and windchimes from the studio…rather than a regular crib mobile, we decorated Shug’s nursery with McCarty windchimes shortened so he couldn’t reach but could enjoy the sight of.

Pretty nutmeg plates:
Bagels on McCarty//

…my favorite piece, though, this menorah:

While teaching at Ole Miss, Lee and Pup were allowed to dig clay for their first pieces from Faulkner, from a ravine behind Rowan Oak.  Lee’s godsons have been apprenticing for years and will keep the business going on now that Lee has gone.

The ‘potter, philanthropist, consummate Deltan, legand’…sorely missed.

Also: don’t miss this Rosanne Cash story on Lee McCarty.

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