Every piece of pottery we make is Lead and Cadmium Free and Non-Toxic, including all of the clays,
glazes and any paints used for decorating. Everything is Dishwasher, Oven and Microwave-Safe.
Are you troubled by the importation of toxic housewares from China and other foreign
countries? Concerned that buying mass-produced factory products may not only be unsafe
for your family, but also, may be supporting unethical sweatshop labor? Have you made
a decision to support American industry whenever you can because you know it improves
the economy in which your family lives? Do you feel great respect and longing for the
kind of artisan quality that was once the hallmark of American housewares, but is now
so tough to find?
If you're nodding your head to any of the above, the potters at Emerson Creek Pottery
share your wise values. Since 1977, our Virginia-based company has been creating
beautiful, US-made, non-toxic, cadmium-free, lead-free pottery including kitchenware, diningware and servingware for American
homes. It is created with traditional, historic pottery techniques that
result in elegant, durable housewares that you know are safe to use.
Safety is something that has become especially important over the past decade, with poorly made
and toxic products flooding our marketplaces at never-before-seen rates. We firmly
believe that you and your family deserve better goods than this, and we are committed
to providing you with eco-friendly pottery for baking, dining and decorating that you can feel
truly good about.
Your Quick Green Checklist
Green Facts About Emerson Creek Pottery:
Made in the USA
Lead-Free / Cadmium-Free
Made by Humans
Made of Natural, Earth-Friendly Materials
Packed in Ranpack recycled paper padding - no peanuts or bubble wrap
Shipped in Recycled-Fiber Boxes
We Never Mass-Mail Our Catalogs
10 Green Reasons To Choose Emerson Creek Pottery For Your Home
1) All of our ceramic pottery is lead-free, cadmium-free and non-toxic. The paints and clays we
use are totally safe for you and your family.
2) Our non-toxic pottery is crafted by American potters here in our Virginia pottery - you
will not be supporting sweatshop labor by choosing Emerson Creek.
3) Our lead-free and cadmium-free ceramic dishes, bakeware and housewares are the work of human hands, not vast, polluting factory machines
and assembly lines. One of the best ways for a company to 'go green' is to let people,
not machines, take back the responsibility for performing important tasks. You can
trust our potters to create products for you of a quality that no machine could ever
hope to equal.
4) Our efforts to be an eco-friendly company are always growing. When your package
from Emerson Creek Pottery arrives, you'll be pleased to discover that your order is
packed in Ranpack
recycled paper material for padding and cushioning. We do not use peanuts or bubble wrap
of any kind. We also utilize UPS' carbon-neutral program
for all our web shipment orders.
5) In an effort to keep our planet green, our packing boxes are made up of
95% - 100% recycled fibers, and can be recycled again.
6) We never mass-mail our print catalogs. We send them out only upon customer
requests, and are thankful that the Internet offers us a tree-free way to do business
with our customers who are concerned about preserving American forests.
7) Despite the delicate beauty of our ceramics, their durability ensures that your
investment will be a lasting one. Poorly-made products create a throwaway culture.
Investing in top quality housewares means not having to replace them after a few months
or years of use. It's a smart choice for any family budget.
8) Because Emerson Creek Pottery's eco-friendly pottery is made of totally natural materials, they
are a green home choice. With plastics filling our landfills up to the skies, it's a relief
to know that ceramics are still available as the time-honored, earth-friendly choice.
9) Unlike fussy china, our ceramic pottery doesn't require special, time-consuming
treatment. Wash it by hand if you like, with whatever soap you have on hand. Or, put
it in the dishwasher - that's fine, too. Emerson Creek Pottery's ceramics can even go
in the microwave. If you're trying to simplify your life in order to find more time
to focus on the things you care about most, our housewares are a carefree choice.
10) Getting back to the basic needs in life may be just about the quickest road to
greater sanity that we know of. A simple and lovely platter for serving a meal to
family...a useful and pretty pitcher for slaking summer thirst...a homey mug for that
relaxing cup of tea with a good friend...these are the basics that make real life good.
Emerson Creek Pottery is here to answer your needs for functional, appealing housewares
for every room in your home.
Getting Non-toxic Pottery Facts Straight
Your best guarantee for safety lies in understanding this important issue.
Unfortunately, a glance at the daily news shows us that the FDA is not currently
succeeding in protecting Americans from the importation of home products that contain
lead and other dangerous toxins. The ceramics you use at the table and in the kitchen
are of especial concern.
Dishes, mugs, pitchers, pie plates, casseroles, platters, bowls and other wares that
are imported from China, India, Mexico, South America and other foreign sources may
contain lead, cadmium and other unhealthy minerals in their clay, paints and glazes.
Additionally, as pretty as old pottery and china can be, lab studies have proven that
many of the best known old brands have begun to leach lead with the passing years,
making them unsafe for use around food. These are the problems that smart shoppers are
now seeking to avoid and doctors and home decor publications are urging consumers to
put their old dishes on display and find a non-toxic replacement for daily use.
Lead in pottery is a genuine concern. Lead gets into your food and beverages from
contaminated china and pottery pieces in a variety of ways. There may be chips, cracks
or corrosion that allow lead to leach into the food, or heating a lead-contaminated
piece can cause leaching. Also, foods with a high acid content like citrus juice,
tomatoes or coffee tend to activate the leaching of lead when they are stored in
Cadmium is present in most of the pottery sold in the United States. Exposure can lead
to damage of the lungs, kidneys and bones and can also cause cancer.
Vintage and imported housewares may be pretty, but lead poisoning certainly isn't.
When lead gets into the blood, it causes neurological, renal and cardiovascular damage and
inhibits the normal, healthy growth of children. It's something we all need to avoid.
You can have your old or imported pottery tested for the presence of lead and other
chemicals, but for most families, simply replacing doubtful wares is going to be the
most reasonable route.
Emerson Creek Pottery offers you the safe solution to your concerns about
housewares' toxicity. Our pottery is free from lead and cadmium and is safe for daily use, serving,
baking, storing, dishwasher and microwave use. Our pottery is completely handmade
and handpainted using non-toxic, natural materials, right here in the USA. No part
of our pottery-making process occurs outside of the United states, and we are committed
to helping you serve up health, not danger, at every family meal.
Finding Green Home Products
Over the years, our potters have seen so many trends come and go. We're hoping the
green movement is going to be a lasting one, with its newfound sense of respect for
the eco-friendly labor of skilled craftspeople and its commitment to finding safer
ways to care for people's needs.
We've been offering a planet-friendly choice for
decades, and are delighted to see that our line of housewares is generating new
excitement as growing numbers of Americans are eagerly seeking green options.
The study of Colonial pottery-making methods that originally led to the founding of our
company seems to continue to offer important lessons for us all: that natural materials
are the most valuable, that functional pieces win the greatest loyalty, that the
traditional ways of crafting basic homemaking implements are often the best ways for
so many good reasons.
We support your request for truly fine products and hope that the above information
has helped you to see that when you choose Emerson Creek Pottery, you are supporting
something of real value.
Our Green Pottery is in the News
When Green-Certified smash-hit Washington D.C. restaurant
Bread & Brew
picked their house diningware, they chose Emerson Creek Pottery's
Go Green line.
As this Channel 4 news report demonstrates, our green, non-toxic ceramics make
a natural presentation for Bread & Brew's local, organic, healthy meals. Warning:
watching this video may make you very hungry! And, we hope it will inspire you
to bring a bit of our eco-friendly pottery into your own home so that you can
start serving up great eats with dishes, mugs, bowls and servingware that are
guaranteed safe for your daily use.
A Little Note For Our Customers
Lots of our wonderful customers have been adding to their Emerson Creek Pottery collections
for decades, simply because they love our lovely patterns. We certainly appreciate that!
Recently, however, we've been receiving emails from customers who are finding us in their
search for green, non-toxic housewares. If this is how you made your first visit to our
website or our store in Virgina, we'd love to hear from you:
Customer Kathleen of Woodbrige, VA. writes:It is so important to me that your pottery be made in the U.S. and also in Virginia.
I am so sad that I cannot buy much in the way of anything, especially kitchenware that
isn't made in China these days. I will never part from any of my pfaltzgraff, Longaberger,
Henn pottery that was made in the U.S. What is the country coming too? I am looking
forward to receiving your catalog and maybe even coming to visit your pottery.
Customer J. Byrne of Marietta, GA writes:US made, hand crafted, "green", AND unique?? Almost too good to be true!!
Customer Janet B. writes:Good Morning, Thank You so very much. It is truely wonderful the work that you do and produce. The dishes I have ordered and received, the pictures do not do them justice. They are very beautiful and extremely well made.
I always try to buy products that are made in America. Keep up the good work with your products.
Customer J. Booze writes:I am so impressed with your business!
In today's world it is unusual to find attractive, hand-painted pottery at a reasonable price and, on top of that, it is unusual to receive prompt and competent service.
Customer J. Morgan writes:I received my order in time for Christmas! The pottery is beautiful. So glad I checked into
"made in the U.S.A." on the ABC website!