Our History

Welcome to Lion Paw Pottery, the hand-crafted pottery business owned and operated by Jacalynn McCord. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, she has appropriately been inspired to name her company after her alma mater. Jacalynn majored in Art Education, then studied as a graduate student in Ceramics under Dave Dontigney and Jim Stevenson. She taught art in the school districts of Lower Moreland, State College and Waynesboro, PA.
Today her professional work is dedicated full time to her pottery creations and has exhibited at numerous art and craft shows throughout the east coast for almost forty years. Before his untimely death in 1998 Jackie's husband, Jim, was also a major part of Lion Paw Pottery. Jim was a member of the Penn State football team as a 3-time letter winner who starred at tight end for the undefeated and Orange Bowl champion Nittany Lions teams of 1969 and 1970.  "Number 86" joined his wife in the full-time management of Lion Paw Pottery in 1983. Because of their interest and enthusiasm for Penn State University, Jackie and Jim designed an exclusive line of pottery bearing the Lion Paw as a distinctive design mark. Ideal for tailgate parties and social get-togethers, each piece blends beauty and function with school spirit. While the pottery is available at the numerous craft shows each year, you may now order selected Lion Paw Pottery pieces right here on-line.
Penn Staters for four generations: the McCords have a long and proud Penn State tradition. In fact, Jim’s maternal grandfather, graduate and lecturer at Penn State (1st generation) actually introduced his daughter, Beatrice White, to Jim's father, Bill McCord. Following their graduation from Penn State, Bill and Bea were married in 1944 (2nd generation). All of their five children (3rd generation) earned their degrees from Penn State. And like their parents, three children also met their spouses at Penn State -- which is exactly where Jim met Jackie. Jackie had followed her brother to PSU. The McCord daughters Jen, Jess, and Jamie are also Penn State graduates (4th generation) and followed the tradition of marrying Penn Staters. The McCord family "definitely bleeds true blue."