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Lee McCarty, with Pup McCarty

Biography to Display: 

1923 Born Merigold, Mississippi

2015 Died Merigold, Mississippi

EDUCATION

1948 BA University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

MEd Columbia University, New York, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

United States Military (WWII)

1954-2015 McCarty’s Pottery, Merigold, Mississippi

 

Lee McCarty and his wife, Pup 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.

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

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