Shearwater Pottery celebrates 90 years of creativity

Shearwater Pottery celebrates 90 years of creativity

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Friends, family, and customers came out to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs.

Over the years, the family business continues to prosper, one creative piece of art at a time.

As America was headed toward the Great Depression in 1928, Ocean Springs' Peter Anderson had a creative vision. That vision was Shearwater Pottery. Now, 90 years later, Anderson's vision and creativity are being celebrated.

The anniversary party was in full swing all over the compound Saturday, with family members continuing to mold more pottery with the unique features Shearwater has become known for.

"I'm trimming the foot on these bowls that I made yesterday, and they were made by what Peter's doing over there now, throwing," said Jimmy Anderson.

"It's nice. I'm real excited to see so many people coming out to see us," said Peter Mike Anderson. "It's a little more than I expected. It's a big deal, I guess. It's still going and still going well."

At the museum's showroom, the celebration continued, with young and old enjoying the Shearwater brand of pottery.

"Every time, it's like Christmas," said Beth Ashley. "The pottery is always beautiful, and your favorite changes every time."

As time goes on, a new generation begins to take shape within the family business.

Cody Hungerford noted, "It's really neat that it's made it this far. Ninety years, it's kind of an achievement.

"I think it runs in the blood," added Ashley. "I think they might have clay running through it. I don't think they know much else."

Shearwater Pottery was founded in 1928 by Peter Anderson with the support of his parents, George Walter Anderson and Annette McConnell Anderson.

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