|McCartys of Merigold
"You can have my mule barn."
With that offer from "Aunt" Margaret in 1954, Lee and Pup McCarty moved the animals out, moved themselves and one tiny kiln into "The Barn," and began what was to become an internationally recognized and award winning pottery business.
Almost 50 years later, the McCartys, recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, have had their work shown in museums and galleries around the world. Some recent retrospectives took place at the Lauren Rogers Museum, the Samuel P. Horn Museum at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and one titled "The Masters of Merigold - Forty Years of McCarty Pottery" at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. A recent international showing took them to Japan for a three week exhibition.
The popularity of the McCartys has come not only from their original pottery and glazes but also from their outlook on life. Keeping things simple yet elegant has always been the strong focus: your McCarty pottery will be wrapped in newspaper and placed carefully in a heavy brown paper bag, with "McCartys" written on the front by Pup or Lee. When you come to The Barn and are welcomed by "Uncle Lee" and "Aunt Pup" you feel welcomed. The simple elegance, along with Lee's boundless energy and steady stream of conversation, will be readily apparent as you may be steered through the Gardens, an amazing oasis in the middle of the bountiful fields of the Mississippi Delta.
McCartys 101 Saint Mary Street Merigold Ms. phone: 662.748.2293 fax: 662.748.2292
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