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Sustainable Practices

Sustainable Practices start with Non-Toxic Pottery.

Sustainable Practices

Part of our commitment to sustainable pottery includes maintaining green practices. After all, mother earth is what inspires some of our picture-esque pottery collections — it’s our way of saying thank you! 

  • We leave the lead out of all of our clays, paints, and glazes. Though lead can be found naturally in many things, it becomes unsafe in ceramics when directly added as an ingredient to paints and glazes to achieve bright colors. Instead, we use all lead-safe, natural materials that are safe for everyday use from you and your family.
  • We’re locally-minded as all of our products, including our popular, non-toxic ceramic dinnerware sets, are made in the USA. At Emerson Creek, you’ll find expert potters in our local Bedford, Virginia studio who handcraft and hand paint each piece of pottery we make.
  • We keep our packing materials green as well. When you receive a package from Emerson Creek Pottery, you’ll notice that your order is packed with recycled paper materials. Additionally, our packing boxes are made up of 95% recycled fibers, and can be recycled again and again!
  • We save on paper so that we can do our part in preserving American forests. Therefore, we only use recycled paper for packaging purposes and never send out mass-mail printed catalogs.
  • Our products are made to last. We make long-lasting products that are chip-resistant, dishwasher-, microwave- and oven-safe. This way you can have high-quality, beautiful ceramic pottery that can be passed down through generations instead of being thrown away every few years due to poor quality.
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Additionally, our non-toxic dishes are California Proposition 65 compliant, a proposition that puts ceramic dinnerware safety first by requiring all products containing traces of lead to be marked accordingly. Best of all, our ceramic dinnerware is made in the USA. Since 1977, our Virginia-based company has been creating beautiful, artistically-crafted dinnerware and serveware that is inspired by traditional, early-American pottery.

Get To Know Our Pottery

If there’s one thing we strive for, it is to make brilliant lead and cadmium-safe dinnerware, serveware and dishware in a variety of detailed designs and vibrant glazes. If you’re new to our product, we hope our pottery will have the honor of being apart of your family and home traditions. Get to know our pottery as well as the inspirations behind it.

American Blue Signature Mugs
Pottery Rooted In America's History

When we originally set out to create ceramic pottery, we used America’s early founding history to shape our pottery’s unique design. Taking inspiration from early 17th century Jamestown, we designed dinnerware and serveware that resembled the shape and color of traditional everyday ceramics of the time.

Our Copper Clay Collection mimics the deep red glaze of old world, rustic pottery. It also pays tribute to the iconic red clay native to Virginia.

Our classic and heritage ceramic mugs echo the original shape of colonial drinkware. These lead-safe mugs are great addition to your tea or coffee mug collection. Plus, some are customizable, which is perfect for a gift!

Our American Blue Collection is an ode to America’s pioneering spirit. This patriotic glaze is featured on a number of our popular products.

Our Vibrant Glazes

Traditionally lead has been used to create vivid colors in pottery. Yet, our all-natural glazes still achieve a rich, brilliant color without lead leaching into your food. Our lead-safe dinnerware sets come in a variety of glazed tones so they match with your pre-set tablescape. 

Our Pearl glaze will add an iridescent glow to your kitchen aesthetic. It shines when serving a colorful salad or freshly picked berries.

Our Go Green Earthware is a minimalist dry glazed collection that serves as a green reminder for food conservation. This set is perfect for showing off your classic recipes featuring homegrown herbs and veggies

Dogwood Trivet

We're makers at heart and create products that are both beautiful and functional.

With great love for the outdoors, we incorporate nature into our designs and protect the Earth through sustainable practices.

Nature-Inspired Designs

One of the best parts about Virginia is the awe-striking nature throughout the commonwealth. We are fortunate to be located in Central Virginia, nestled between the Peaks of Otter and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our designs look to capture these beautiful natural scenes we are treated to on a daily basis. Each design is intricately painted with a Japanese Sumi-e Brush so that we can get every detail just right. Our Summer Peaks collection is inspired by the historic Peaks of Otter. It’s the perfect collection for a summer cookout or serving up a light, summer dessert.

Our Field of Iris collection features intricately hand-painted blue and purple Irises which symbolize hope, faith, and wisdom. This is also our signature flower and one of the original designs we first created. Use this beloved collection for your next afternoon tea or garden party.      

Our Dogwood collection is influenced by the gorgeous dogwood trees that blossom each spring throughout Virginia. It is a great, naturalistic collection for any nature lover.  

We hope you enjoy all of our non-toxic, lead-safe dishes and that they serve as a reminder for sustainable, earth-friendly practices.

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Email us with any questions or inquiries or call us at 1 (540) 297-7524. We would be happy to answer your questions about our products.

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Wholesale Pottery

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