Sun­set Canyon Pot­tery shows just what skilled hands can do

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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 scpot­

Sun­set Canyon Pot­tery fea­tures sev­eral va­ri­eties of top qual­ity stoneware. Many of the pieces come from lo­cal and Cen­tral Texas ar­ti­sans.

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