Otis Norris

Otis Norris, Sandhills Pottery, McBee, Chesterfield County. Interview recorded May 2007.

A Kershaw County native, Otis Norris has been turning pots at his current location in Chesterfield County since 1998. His grandparent’s homeplace was across the street from Bethune Pottery and his father Bill spent many a year in and around the shop. Norris also spent many afternoons at nearby Brown’s Pottery, playing with Jimmy Brown’s son, Kenny. Norris worked part-time for Bethune Pottery in the 1970s and would eventually buy the pottery. He continued to turn occasionally and sell Lynches River clay to potters throughout the region.

Jar with slip decoration