Av and I went to Ocean Springs to see how far Shearwater Pottery had gotten to reopening at its original location (which was devastated by the hurricane) – there was a sign that they were open right now at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center at 1600 Government Street in town.
This is a pic of the building:
Upstairs in one of the former classrooms is the Shearwater Gallery – here’s Av paying for everything!:
We bought these four egg cups – I love the shape of these, and that the glaze (and shape/height) is different on each one:
This is the marking on the bottom of each egg cup:
I asked what glaze this is, and the nice lady that helped us said that it somewhat resembled “Sand & Sky” but that all the glazes are different now and mostly don’t have names yet (they’re working with a new kiln, too).
I love it and am so happy that they’re open. They’ll reopen the shop at their original location in late January or early February, so I can’t wait to go back then too!
Just as we arrived at Natural Bridge (yesterday’s post), Av and I had been talking about how this coming weekend is the Jerry Brown Arts Festival in Hamilton, Alabama, where there will be somewhere around 35 different artisans from Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee showing their work. The festival’s namesake, Jerry Brown, is a 9th generation potter, and I have one of his chicken pots (here) that I use to make Turbodog Chicken.
Inside the gift shop at Natural Bridge was a small selection of pottery by Morris Barber, another local potter, who lives in Russellville. I *had* to bring this bean pot home:
Isn’t it great!? Alongside was a little sheet of paper about Barber’s Pottery (there’s no website, but the phone number there is 256.332.4017), and on the back it reads:
Sometimes it takes a long time and many of G-d’s Blessings to accomplish what you have wanted to do since childhood. Morris Barber spent many hours as a child making his toys from clay. After raising four children and working 29 years as a machinist, his dream finally became a reality. At age 71, he built his first potter’s wheel from the gear box of a cotton picker. He spent hours through trial and error to fulfill his childhood dream of making things from clay. his message to anyone, young or old, is to never give up on a dream. It’s never too late to do what you have always wanted to do.