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Shearwater Pottery

Shearwater Pottery was founded in 1928 by Peter Anderson with the support of his parents, George Walter Anderson and Annette McConnell Anderson. From the 1920s through the present day, Shearwater Pottery has produced art pottery, utilitarian ware, figurines, decorative tiles and other pottery pieces. Shearwater Pottery is high-grade hard fired earthenware intended for functional as well as decorative use. Each piece is individual and unique in nature.

Shearwater Pottery is crafted using two distinct clay bodies. A white bodied clay made mainly from “ball clay” obtained from Tennessee is used to create “underglaze” castware from molds created by various family members. The cast pieces are hand painted or originally decorated. A buff bodied clay made largely from clay obtained from local Mississippi and Alabama sources is used to create thrown, jiggered or cast pieces, and, unless decorated by one of Shearwater’s decorators, it is glazed with one of Shearwater’s unique glazes.

Peter Anderson’s four children, Peter Michael Anderson, Patricia Anderson Findeisen, Marjorie Anderson Ashley, and James Anderson, own Shearwater Pottery, and three of the children are still active in the ongoing production of Shearwater Pottery.

Address: 102 Shearwater Dr, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 875-7320

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