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Pup McCarty, with Lee McCarty

Biography to Display: 

Born Ethel, Mississippi

2009Died Merigold, Mississippi

EDUCATION

Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi

University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1954-2009McCarty’s Pottery, Merigold, Mississippi

 

Pup McCarty and her husband, Lee McCarty, are known for wheel-thrown stoneware functional pottery. Surface techniques are minimal. Signature glazes include nutmeg brown, cobalt blue, and jade.

 The husband and wife team created work together for over 50 years at their Merigold, Mississippi studio.

 In 1998 godson's Jamie and Steven Smith apprenticed with the McCartys. The Smith brothers took over production of the McCartys’ signature pottery after the McCarty's passed.

 

 

Typical Marks

In addition to "McCartys" on the bottom of each piece, McCartys pottery can be identified by the 'river', a small black wavy line representing the Mississippi River on most functional pieces.

Cups
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Liquor Set
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bottle Mark
Photo: TMP
Cup Mark
Emperor's Bowl
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified May 20, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/mccarty-0