who we are
A few words about our studio
Alan moved to Cotopaxi, Co., in 1971 and set up a pottery studio. The first studio was a primitive set up with alternative sources of energy used for living as well as working. The first two kilns were salt and wood kilns with a kick wheel and not much else. Developing a style of his own, Alan started formulating shiny glazes of blues and bright colors, which have remained his trademark.
After eleven years he moved his studio to downtown Salida, and started his first retail store. Still doing retail shows and renaissance fairs, Alan also sold to stores throughout the USA. In late 1980 the emphasize of the pottery became dinnerware place settings which are the strongest selling items (about four hundred sets of dinnerware a year). Each functional piece of pottery is dishwasher/microwave/oven safe and lead-free.
In 1996 the pottery moved once again; this time to Villa Grove on Highway 285. The store in Villa Grove has been the best location so far. The highway brings many diverse tourists to the pottery in the summer and fall.
Alan and his wife and partner Diane, also offer Casa Azul’s B & B & Pottery Retreat where one can stop for overnight or several days, and also try their hand at making a piece of pottery.
Alan travels extensively throughout the world visiting fellow potters and artists.
Hand crafted pottery and a pottery retreat
We aim to create lifelong customers by selling the best products at the best prices as well as offering a pottery retreat in a friendly, fun atmosphere. We are constantly adding new products and new lines of products with extra features, so come back.
- Customer-friendly service
- 100% satisfaction
- Quality guarantee
High quality at a reasonable price are the cornerstone of our vision, business idea and concept.
Playing in the studio runs $75 a night, which includes a day of working in clay, bisc firing overnight and a final firing the next day.
Our main goal is to sell the highest quality hand-made pottery
We have a huge selection of pottery products and dishware to meet any taste and budget.
I found one of your ash mugs in a thrift store and love it so much. I has become my favorite. So I had to look you up on line (address glazed into bottom of mug) to tell you that being a clay worker myself and knowing how hard it is to get everything right, that I love everything about Continue…Karen G
We love these mugs. We added to a mug we have had for years, it lasts through multiple dishwashing and microwaving. The handle is shaped just right. We added Bison Stampede, Mountain Scene, Elk wrap and Moose wrap. They are so perfect I had to find a place to hang and display them. I could not bring myself to hide Continue…Debbie M