The Mad Potter
(2 Pages | 916 Words)
Through a maze of gravel roads in the backwoods of northern Mississippi, nestled in its own nook of the world, a shabby, green and red shop rests on a hillside. Thick, black smoke billowed out from the shop’s chimney as the pungent smell of burning hay engulfed the autumn air. A potbellied, gray-bearded man dressed in white corduroy bell-bottoms and a clay-covered “Kiss the Artist” apron came out of the hazy shop followed by a plump, blond cat. Holding an unfinished vase against his right side and mumbling to the slob of a cat to his left, the man looked up and grinned. “I was beginning to wonder if you were ever going to find me,” Jan Carter said. While positioned in France in November of 1943, Jack Carter received news that his wife Ilene had just given birth to their first and only child. Jan Carter was born Nov. 2, 1943 in Grenada, Miss.
, but this was only one of his many homes. Throughout his youth, Carter lived in various Mississippi Delta towns with his family. Transferring to schools his mother cooked for and hunting the vast Delta wetlands with his father, Carter said he enjoyed his childhood. But Carter, now settled in his secluded home of 35 years, said that all of the moving never bothered him when he was growing up. “Having friends and family all over the Delta can really come in handy,” Carter said with a laugh. “Especially when I was too drunk to drive home.”