Visit Calistoga Pottery

Visiting the pottery

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The pottery studio, located behind the house (up the driveway on the left) contains a showroom full of finished ware and the production facilities. Jeff and his brother Tom built it, finishing in 1981. A visit will usually find Jeff at work at the wheel and Sally glazing or decorating bisque ware.

The Manfredis will often take a break from their work to answer questions and show you around their workplace. It’s not difficult to get them into conversation about wine, restaurants, books or new ways to see the valley. One of the pleasures of operating an open studio is having the opportunity to meet the people who are actually using the pottery.

The pots are intended for everyday use. The glazes are lead-free, the ware microwave and dishwasher-safe. Pots used for baking must be treated like pyrex, no sudden thermal shock (such as refrigerator to oven) can be tolerated. The stoneware clay is fired to cone 10, bonding glaze and clay to minimize breakage and chipping at the edge. It WILL break if you drop it. Much of our work is commissioned for use in local inns, restaurants, wineries and homes. It’s beneficial to come to the studio to discuss special orders. That way the full range of possibilities can be explored employing actual pieces and various combinations.

During Pandemic please call us at 707 942 0216 and make an appointment so that we can space visitors safely. If the gate is open we are here, feel free to call between 9 and 5 except on Sunday.