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About Peter's Pottery

It could be said that many things have come out of Mississippi mud: the Blues, exceptional writers, rich forests, and vast fields of cotton and soybeans. In the Mississippi Delta is a family that has taken Mississippi mud and built a thriving business.

Turn east off Highway 61 between Clarksdale and Cleveland to the unassuming building on the west edge of the small town of Mound Bayou. There you’ll find Peter’s Pottery – home of a myriad of varieties of pottery in every imaginable form: delightful animals, stunning bowls and candlesticks, unique tableware – all things pottery.

Pottery lovers everywhere are hearing about Peter’s Pottery – usually by word of mouth. Stores in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama feature Peter’s Pottery. They also ship a minimum of five packages a day both locally and abroad. Peter often travels to retail stores that carry their pottery for signings and opportunities for one-on-one relationships with customers.

Peter’s Pottery does not provide a catalogue. Since no two pieces are alike, they prefer to talk directly to customers to make sure they get exactly what they want. This also ensures they have very few returned pieces.

In 1998, the Woods Brothers (Peter, Joseph, Arthur, & Sandy) took all the resources they had to open a 10-foot by 17- foot shop to sell pottery on Fortune Avenue. The work area was 4000 square feet.

The original building was built by the brothers on land one of them owned. In many cases, they bartered for building supplies: the cypress inside the building from a swap with the owners of Linden Plantation on Lake Washington.

Although Arthur has passed away, other family members have become more involved in the business, and the business in the community. They asked to be included in the Mound Bayou City limits so the town of 1500 would receive the sales tax benefit. In turn, the town received a grant to pave the road and extend water and sewer services to the growing business.

The sense of family permeates the business and contributes to the personal touch that characterizes it. Reared by parents in the local church, the brothers give credit to God for blessing them and making them close. As evidence of their reliance on God as a higher power, their logo features a cross.

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