Sunset Canyon Pottery shows just what skilled hands can do
It is amazing what a skilled pair of hands can do with a lump of clay. From simple earth, an artisan can create objects of amazing beauty. And some very useful vessels as well.
If you would like to see some of that beauty for yourself, pay a visit to Sunset Canyon Pottery. Since 1997, the Dripping Springs business has been making and firing its own pottery from scratch, producing a line of beautiful yet highly functional stoneware.
In addition to its retail operation, the business has about 100 wholesale ac- counts across the United States.
The company turns out about 700 pieces a week-up to 1,000 at Christmas
pieces a week-up to 1,000 at Christmas time.
Husband and wife team, Bridget and Bill Hauser own the business. Bridget is an expert potter, with over 20 years of professional experience working with clay. Her husband provides the operational expertise. “He does everything that keeps me in clay,” said Bridget. “It makes for a good team.” Their daughters Sarah and Gretchen work in the gallery. They also employ a staff of up to 12 people.
“Our main focus is functional pottery,” said Bridget. “We make stoneware that you can use, in the kitchen, to eat and serve from.”
Customers who want to see the pottery being made are more than welcome, said Bridget. “You can see work going on from the gallery, and all you have to do is ask and you can look up close and see what we’re doing.”
In addition to the company’s own product, Sunset Canyon Pottery’s gallery features work from a number of local and Central Texas artisans. These include Dripping Springs artisans like Diana Melanson (pottery), Wayne Rossi (metalwork), Ken and Debbie Wilson (jewelry and paintings). Austin, Wimberley, Henly and other Central Texas communities are represented as well.
Sunset Canyon has become an active part of the community. Since January 2002, it has offered classes in pottery making. The classes have become quite popular.
Sunset Canyon Pottery also holds a popular fundraiser, the Empty Bowl Project, every October, to benefit the Helping Hands food bank in Dripping Springs.
Sunset Canyon Pottery is at 4002 East Hwy. 290, three miles east of U.S. 12 in Dripping Springs, 10 miles west of the “Y” in Oak Hill. You can reach the business at (512) 894-0938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunset Canyon Pottery features several varieties of top quality stoneware. Many of the pieces come from local and Central Texas artisans.