Shearwater Pottery is small-family owned pottery business based in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, US.
The company’s items, which date back to the early-20th century, are especially popular among collectors.
Shearwater Pottery was founded in 1928 by Peter Anderson (1901-1984), supported by his parents George Walter Anderson and Annette McConnell Anderson.
Today, the firm’s pottery is produced by Peter’s son, James Anderson, and grandson Peter Wade Anderson. It is decorated by Patricia Anderson Findeisen, Christopher Inglis Stebly, Adele Anderson Lawton among others.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Shearwater’s premises were severely damaged by the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The workshop was later rebuilt and restored by Jason Stebly.
Since the 1920s, Shearwater Pottery’s range of items have included:
- art pottery
- utilitarian ware
- decorative tiles
- other ceramic objects
Several things distinguish Shearwater's output from other companies', including that the company still functions 80 years after its foundation - unlike its original competitors like Newcomb and Ohr.
The firm's output also has a continuity and consistency thanks to the family-run nature of the business.
Walter and James wanted to insure the quality of work remained superior as the company gained popularity. To do this they decided that they would not sell through any means other than at the studio. This remains in effect to this day. If you desire a (new) piece of Shearwater pottery you can only through calling the studio or going there in person.
Designers of Shearwater Pottery’s most coveted and collectible pieces include Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965) and his brother James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998). The Andersons are considered by enthusiasts to be the firm’s most important designers.
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