A few years ago, I was in a store on St. Simons Island, GA, and there was a table of used books. The cover of one caught my eye: it had a sepia photo of a ruggedly handsome man shaping a pottery bowl. Because I love ceramic pieces, I was immediately curious. The book was DREAMING IN CLAY ON THE COAST OF MISSISSIPPI by Christopher Maurer and Maria Estrella Iglesias--a history of Shearwater Pottery, begun by the artistic Anderson family at Ocean Springs, MS, in 1918. The adventures, trials, tribulations, mental breakdowns, and great love stories in this family could provide plots for several novels. [http://www.dreaminginclay.com/]
After I finished that history, I went on to read all I could about the three Anderson brothers and their smart, talented, long-suffering wives.
One of my favorite titles is APPROACHING THE MAGIC HOUR, the poignant memoir that Agnes "Sissy" Grinstead Anderson wrote about her marriage to the brilliant-but-mentally-unstable Walter "Bob" Anderson.
On ebay, I found giclee prints of some of the art work of Mac Anderson and exchanged some messages with his daughter. Sadly, much of the family's work and some of their homes and work buildings were destroyed by hurricane Katrina.
Sorry for the long post--but being lured by that cover sent me on the most interesting journey. I hope one day to run across a piece of Shearwater Pottery that I can afford!
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