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New Wave, New Rave: ‘The Delta Boys’ partner for special project

A display of the Three Pines edition at Satterfield's Pottery. Photo taken by Michael Taplin.
A display of the Three Pines edition at Satterfield’s Pottery. Photo taken by Michael Taplin.

Michael Taplin
Oxford Stories
mqtaplin@go.olemiss.edu

Often referred to by locals as a “hidden gem,” Satterfield’s Pottery is on the rise in Oxford due to the high demand of handcrafted pottery.

Located on Country Road 348, what appears to be an old stable barn was actually renovated to be a creative studio, event center, living quarters and a pottery showroom. Two best friends, Michael Satterfield and John Meyer, who love and share a passion for pottery envision great success for their nirvana.

Satterfield, the owner and potter, is living his dream daily. While on the clock, he creates pieces for customers and brainstorms ideas to advance his store. When not helping customers or glazing his latest pieces, he enjoys the company of his wife, Teresa, and their two children, Presley and Cruz.

When asked if his children will be artists in the future, Satterfield replied, “Yeah, I hope so. I really feel they are inspired by living in this space and seeing what is going on each and every day, and they do help produce.”

Meyer grew up on the farm and is a fourth-generation farmer on his homestead. Meyer and his wife, Rebekah, have two children: a son, Ben, and a daughter, Rayner. He returned to art because he enjoys spinning the wheel and getting his hands dirty.

“I am pumped about it,” he said. “It’s therapy to me. When you’re doing something you love, it is great. You just do it.”

Meyer contributes as much as he can in the winter to keep busy. He enjoys a good challenge and brings his children along for the ride.

Photo of Michael Satterfield (left) and John Meyer (right) on a motorcycle ride, college aged. Photo taken by Michael Taplin of a printed version.
Michael Satterfield (left) and John Meyer (right) on a motorcycle ride, while in college. Photo by Michael Taplin of a printed version.

Satterfield built and opened Satterfield’s Pottery almost eight years ago with one mission – to be creative, use his unique trade to support his family and bring happiness to others. Today, his mission is similar. However, his business is constantly growing and has more resources to generate product.

“My drive is to always create that next thing or create that something that excites me or someone else,” he said.

What drives Satterfield to do his best is providing a space for the community to utilize surrounded by his pottery.

“What has recently had my interest is having three different five-star chefs purchase our pottery and serve [food] off our stoneware plates,” he said.

The business has a newly added event venue called The Pharm House at Satterfield’s Pottery. This indoor and outdoor space seats 50 and includes a bar, picnic tables, and a stage for an entertainer, or his band “Pharmtruck,” to perform.

“This space is a scrapbook of my life,” Satterfield said. “It is different and filled with stuff to bring people together.”

One of his latest business ventures is partnering with his longtime friend for a special project called Three Pines. This project has sentimental value. The pair spent their childhood together in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Both attended Bayou Academy and Delta State, played on the same football team, referred to as “The Delta Boys,” and spent two summers in Ouray, Colorado at a campsite named Three Pines.

For Satterfield and Meyer, leaving Mississippi was considered a huge milestone; offering a new perspective on life different from their Mississippi mentality. While away, the pair learned individual responsibility and displayed a positive work ethic.

When thinking of names for their business, excitement filled the room when both remembered their surreal pastime – camping and learning life values at Three Pines.

When Satterfield returned to Delta State after his first summer in Colorado, he was unsure of his career path after taking a variety classes. Ironically, Meyer introduced Satterfield to his first sculpture class, which led to his passion for art. However, their goals of obtaining an art degree were not viewed as realistic.

“I did love it, but I knew deep down that getting an art degree was not going to happen,” he said. “I grew up on a farm, and my family was not going to accept that.”

The same was true for Meyer. “I returned to the farm because I was afraid to take a risk with ceramics,” he said.

Despite the career indifference, the two Delta natives share a brotherly bond and passion for creating pottery, which brought the lifelong friends back together to create Three Pines. 

Business is booming for Satterfield’s pottery. “This is the busiest we have ever been,” said Satterfield. “We are full-force . . . We cannot make plates fast enough.”

Satterfield said his platewear rush for the previously mentioned chefs led him to call Meyer for help. That led to the idea for Three Pines.

“Three Pines is selling itself,” Meyer said.

Take a look at their website, and you will see pottery collections with Southern-influenced names, such as Gumbo, Riverbottom and even Hotty Toddy.

In terms of income, 2020 is projected to be the company’s most profitable year. Satterfield said the annual income has, “pretty much doubled every year, with $7,000 in the first year to $17,000 in the second.”

The Pharm House at Satterfield's Pottery. Photo taken by Michael Taplin.
The Pharm House at Satterfield’s Pottery. Photo taken by Michael Taplin.

While some view Mississippi as a state that is often slow to change, others see a contrast in that idea and the number of artists and creative people who live and produce work in the state. Satterfield said manual labor is a factor in his success.

“It is knowing how to use the resources to get to the goal,” he said. “I think in Mississippi, if I was not creative and didn’t have the work ethic or manual labor in me, this wouldn’t happen.”

Meyer added, “We’re all in! It has changed my life, and it is not work if you love it!”

In the next few years, Satterfield hopes to expand his business by hiring employees to produce more quantity because of high demand. Both Satterfield and Meyer are excited about their valued idea becoming a reality.

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