About Us

The Pottery

We mix all of our own glazes here to ensure proper balance and firing results. All of our glazes are Lead and Barium free. Because we make high fire stoneware, all of our glazes are properly matured in the kiln, ensuring that there is no leaching.

All of our stoneware is dishwasher safe, and it is actually recommended to put your pottery through the dishwasher periodically to ensure no bacterial buildup on crazed surfaces.

All of our stoneware is oven safe when placed in a COLD oven that is then brought up to temperature. Placing a cold piece of pottery into a hot oven can cause it to crack and break from the sudden temperature change.

Our stoneware is microwave safe EXCLUDING our plates. Heating food on our plates can create concentrated hot spots that stress the pottery, causing cracks. Also, certain glaze patterns will heat up quickly and may be hot to the touch, so take care when removing pottery from the microwave.

None of our forms should ever be placed on a stove top or open flame, as this will result in cracks and breakage.

Our stoneware is not designed to go into the freezer, and doing so may result in cracks and splitting, especially when filled with a liquid.

The Company

Sunset Canyon Pottery is a group production team of 8 – 10 individuals with diverse and unique talents that combine to make beautiful, functional and affordable pottery. Our focus is on consistency and uniformity. All forms are handmade, mostly on the pottery wheel, which gives our line a distinct look and feel that is the hallmark of Sunset Canyon Pottery.

Our passion is to make beautiful items that can be enjoyed daily. We look forward to new forms, new glaze patterns, and new locations to feature our products. Our goal is to maintain our high-quality standard and continue to produce amazing, beautiful pottery.

The Owner

John Vela worked for Sunset Canyon Pottery from 1999-2015, after which he purchased the production business. John received his BFA in Art History with a concentration in Ceramics and Italian. During his education at the University of Texas at Austin, his studio art classes inspired him to pursue pottery. His interest in chemistry, intertwined with art, encapsulates his love of ceramics.


Sunset Canyon Pottery
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