Annette McConnell Anderson, a New Orleans society woman, vowed that her three sons would become artists. Turning her back on bourgeois life and abetted by her skeptical husband, she bought twenty-eight acres of woodland on the Mississippi Sound. She opened an art colony, one of the first of its kind in the South. Peter Anderson founded Shearwater Pottery. Yearning 'to make Shearwater synonymous with perfection', he drew the entire family into his adventure. Drawn by the work of Shearwater Pottery, the authors discover that painting, poetry, and storytelling are still an essential part of the family's daily life. Intimate diaries, letters, and poems try to lead the reader into a heartbreaking past. 'Dreaming in Clay on the Coast of Mississippi' gathers one family's legacy of wisdom and beauty, the healing power of art and the consolations of writing and of memory.