We're America's Cleanest Greenest Pottery.
What makes our business so clean?
At Sunset Hill Stoneware, we proudly call ourselves America's Cleanest Greenest Pottery for a reason. When you purchase Sunset Hill Stoneware products, not only are you showing dedication to a product that is lead-free and responsibly sourced—you're also showing that you care about the well-being of the people who made your pottery with their own two hands.
Sure, some potteries claim they're committed to leaving Earth better than they found it, but in reality that means doing more than just installing solar panels on the roof. It involves protecting the people both inside and outside of our pottery shop, along with the planet we call home.
It's a dirty little secret the pottery industry is reticent to admit: Potters tend to develop diseases like cancer and silicosis over the course of decades working in pottery studios. Nicknamed potter's rot, silicosis occurs when tiny silica are inhaled and become trapped deep in the lungs. The disease can cause everything from shortness of breath to emphysema and often leads to potters having a lower life expectancy than other professions. Combined with heavy lifting and dark, damp conditions that are prevalent in the industry, it's no wonder that pottery often hurts those who make it and love it most.
Protecting People, Inside our pottery and Out
Many of our competitors take steps to prevent silica inhalation in their shops by having their potters use dust masks and personal filtration systems at their work stations. Sunset Hill Stoneware's potters don't have to do either of those things when they sit down to work every day because we trap the dust long before it's a threat.
Our co-owner, Duane Dunsirn developed our one-of-a-kind HVAC system to protect our whole team when they're at the shop. No other pottery company in the United States has a system like ours. This unique system has several benefits for both our team and our products:
- Keeps silica dust out of our team members' lungs with a central filtration system
- Protects guests who come to visit us
- Maintains a constant temperature to keep everyone comfortable year-round
- Helps our pottery dry consistently, no matter what the weather is like outside
- Automatically adjusts to maintain its temperature and humidity settings immediately
We've studied OSHA's regulations in designing the systems we use today. In order to stay within the law's strict limit so our team members don't have to wear masks or risk illness, we commission an independent environmental consulting firm to conduct onsite monitoring. During our most recent test, we not only met OSHA's strict air quality standards—we were below them.
The Paperless MRP system behind your logo mugs
In addition to keeping the air in our shop regulated and clean, Sunset Hill Stoneware is officially paperless in our efforts to take care of our environment and reduce waste. We use a state-of-the-art MRP system to track every order as your custom stoneware mugs and beer steins are made, removing thousands of pounds of paper from our office and shop each year. Digital monitors throughout our shop and a software system in our office help everyone at the company see exactly where each order is without requiring a single sheet of paper in the process. This unique system comes to us courtesy of HawkPoint Technologies.
We're proud to be paperless because it helps us reduce waste, save time and stay organized. Any time you order your mugs from Sunset Hill Stoneware, you'll receive digital copies of every document you need throughout the process. It may not seem like much to save a few pieces of paper for your order, but with thousands of customers, it keeps potentially hundreds of thousands of pages out of our landfills year after year.
We also use custom packaging that eliminates our need to use packing paper or environmentally unsound packing peanuts. Your mugs will stay protected in place until the moment you take them out of their boxes, with an extremely low risk of breakage during the trip. We don't use Styrofoam, and we don't need extra paper to pack our boxes either, so we can breathe easy knowing we're reducing our impact on our planet while keeping your logo mugs safe.
Cleanest pottery in America
When visitors come to our plant, they're often impressed with how spotless our facility is. The floors, work tables and shelves in our shop are so clean we could eat off of them—and a few of us have actually offered to prove it. Most of our direct competitors can't say as much about their plants.
Not only do all members of our shop crew dedicate time to cleaning up at the end of the day, but we also have a cleaning crew whose sole job is to come in every night after the kilns are turned off and scour the entire facility from top to bottom. This crew cleans for eight hours straight. Not only does their work keeping our shop tidy improve our morale, it also and helps us stay organized while thousands of mugs go through our shop each day.
At Sunset Hill Stoneware, we're proud of the efforts we take to stay clean inside and out. We're always looking to innovate and improve on our state-of-the-art systems so we can continue to call ourselves America's Cleanest Greenest Pottery.