American Artisans: Kiln House Pottery

sandy kreyer mugs

Kiln House Pottery is the first in my Sunday series featuring American Artisans. There are so many exceptionally talented craftspeople across the country who share a love of all things handmade, and this is my chance to introduce them to you. These artisans are creating beautiful and useful products that elevate the experience of everyday cooking and eating, and they’re using skills and techniques that might otherwise be lost in our era of throwaway mass production. Their work makes me happy, and I hope it does the same for you. Each feature will be paired with a giveaway to give you the chance to experience their work for yourselves. I’ll be doing these features every other Sunday for the foreseeable future, so be sure to check back, and enjoy!

Sandy Kreyer BowlI’m so excited to be sharing one of my favorite things with you today. I’ve been collecting Kiln House pottery from the minute I discovered the artist, Sandy Kreyer at an arts and crafts show years ago, and her pieces have given me so much pleasure ever since. I think her work has the same exuberant spirit that I try to express through my recipes here on TVFGI, and it seems only natural to share her work with you all. You’ve probably spotted some of her beautiful dishes in my posts from time to time…I use and enjoy her pieces every day. She was honored as a 2014 Martha Stewart American Made finalist and yes, we’re giving away Kiln House pottery on the blog today!

large Sandy Kreyer Bowl

Sandy’s been producing her hand painted, one of a kind ceramics out of her California studio since the 70s. She makes large serving pieces like the one above, all the way down to little bowls with birds perched on the lips, just perfect for serving nuts and snacks, and just about everything in between. It’s all dishwasher and microwave safe, so even though it looks delicate, it’s sturdy and made for daily use.

sandy kreyer bird bowl

Sandy Kreyer bird bowl 2

My cereal bowls hold just the right amount of oatmeal, soup, or ice cream. Sandy says she likes to use the even smaller size bowls for portion controlled snacking, and I have to say, there’s something about eating out of special dishes that makes everything taste better.

Sandy kreyer stacked bowls 2

Sandy has her own unique glazing technique that makes the colors pop and the patterns look almost three dimensional. Her brush work is so detailed, and the the florals and patterns are really stunning. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen colors as vibrant and nuanced in any other ceramics. Every piece is one of a kind and I’m like a kid in a candy shop every time I go to one of her shows.

sandy kreyer show

Sandy does regular arts and craft shows throughout the state, so if you live in California you may be able to catch one of them. You can check out her itinerary on her site. If you can’t make it to one of her shows, she sells online in her Etsy shop where the stock is constantly changing.

Sandy Kreyer Handpainted Mugs

If I had to pick one part of my collection I couldn’t live without, it would be my mugs. I start every day with my morning coffee in one of them, and over the years they’ve become like old friends…they keep my hands warm in winter and my ice cream cold in summer…everybody in the family has their particular favorite and God help anyone who tries to nab mine.Sandy Kreyer Blue Floral Mug


In honor of Valentine’s Day Sandy is giving away a set of two of her beautiful mugs to one lucky reader – the winner will be able to choose any two mugs from the Kiln House Pottery shop.

To enter, simply sign up on my email list HERE

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 If you are already on the mailing list, you’re good to go. That’s it, and good luck!

(Giveaway ends friday february 6th.)

~The Winner of the Kiln House Pottery giveaway is Loralea Clark! Congratulations Loralea!~


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American Artisan Sandy Kreyer stack of bowls


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    January 9, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Sue, thank you so much for your gorgeous, delicious recipes. At this point I’ve probably made all your salads, 1/2 of your mains, and about 6 desserts. I have a large family with a couple really picky eaters. When I call everyone to dinner, they come running!! I’ve never served anything from tvfgi that wasn’t finished the night it was served.

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      January 9, 2019 at 3:31 pm

      Wow Suz, that’s such a nice comment, you’ve made my day 🙂 Sounds like you’re raising a veritable herd of tvfgi supporters 😉

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    Joel Cherrico
    June 25, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Very skillful work! I really like that first plate with the red backdrop and green leaves. Also love that these pots are totally functional and made to be used everyday. Sue you’re absolutely right that pottery makes everything taste better! 😉

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    Zarah robinson
    May 21, 2015 at 10:02 am

    All the beautiful colors. I love them.

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    mary sullivan
    February 6, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Love,love the colors…beautiful etsy site..

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    Vicki Ferguson
    February 3, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I love bright and colorful things, they just seem to cheer me up and make the spot they are in or the meal they are on ever so much better. Thanks for the opportunity of this contest and for steering us to a quality site on Etsy!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    February 2, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    They are really beautiful, Sue.

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    KareN Brady
    February 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm


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    [email protected]+This+is+How+I+Cook
    February 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    They are beautiful, Sue and they remind me of you. All of your food is so sunny and bright, just like this pottery. I’d be like the kid in the ice cream store!

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      February 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      That such a nice compliment, thanks Abbe <3

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    February 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    These are absolutely stunning. Love the vibrant colors. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! Signed up!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 2, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Wonderful giveaway Sue! These are all so beautiful. I could be very happy drinking coffee from one of these each morning as I get ready for work. Lovely!

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    February 1, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I have also collected Sandy’s work for years! Your wonderful pictures and words really capture her work and I feel exactly the same way about using her beautiful bowls and mugs every day! They make little moments so much more special! I look forward to enjoying your recipes and site, and I hope I win!!!

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      February 2, 2015 at 6:11 am

      Great to meet another Sandy collector Vanora!

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    February 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Beautiful pottery.

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    Pam Capone
    February 1, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Thank you….following you

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    Kimberly Bauer
    February 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Beautiful!!! I’m all signed up for emails:)

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    February 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Beautiful! I can see why you like them so much.

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    February 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m off to drop some STRONG Mother’s Day hints!!

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      February 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Great point— I forgot to mention Mother’s Day!

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    February 1, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I do remember you sharing her beautiful pottery with us before, Sue and it is lovely. The plate in the first photo is gorgeous and the bird bowls and mugs are charming! Being both a coffee and tea drinker I thank you and Sandy very much for the opportunity! I’m already an email subscriber 🙂

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      February 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks Susan, Sandy makes teeny tiny little bowls, too, that are perfect for holding tea bags 🙂

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    Jan R
    February 1, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    OMGosh…her work is amazing. Please let me win…for now I’m off to Esty!

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    February 1, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Beautiful pieces. Hope to win!

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    February 1, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I LOVE my Sandy Kreyer mugs. One has been my favorite coffee mug for almost 20 years. Beautiful and a perfect fit for my hand.

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      February 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Oh – you’re the first commenter who actually has some of Sandy’s work! They do fit the hand beautifully, don’t they? Thanks for stopping by Kristin!

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    February 1, 2015 at 10:19 am

    These are so beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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    February 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I have a feeling that I will have a LOT to confess at my next Pottery Anonymous meeting. And I was doing so well. ;(
    “Hi. I’m Susan and I fell off the wagon at Etsy….”

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    February 1, 2015 at 9:52 am

    What beautiful works of art, the colors and details take my breath away.

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      February 1, 2015 at 10:19 am

      I agree, Helene, thanks for stopping by!

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    February 1, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I have to say Sandy Kreyer’s pottery is absolutely stunning and unique ! Thank you for introducing me to her art work and perhaps a chance to win a set of mugs !

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      February 1, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Vinnie, it’s so nice to hear that her work resonates with others, I appreciate your visiting!

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    Sandy Headtke
    February 1, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Love it, I probably would use it as art work and not eat off of it.

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    February 1, 2015 at 8:16 am

    This pottery is so sweet Susan! Going to check out the shop….

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    February 1, 2015 at 8:11 am

    What lovely pottery. Thanks for sharing. I’m headed to Etsy now.

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    February 1, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Just beautiful.

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    February 1, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I have never seen such beautiful pottery. Thank you for sharing this artist and work with us. I am heading to her ETSY shop right now.

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    February 1, 2015 at 7:24 am

    These are beautiful…I am headed to etsy…thanks for sharing with us.

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    Ann Baker
    February 1, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Absolutely gorgeous pottery AND she has a shop on Etsy? Guess where I’m headed after I leave this page? 😉

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      February 1, 2015 at 7:17 am

      You’ll love it Ann!

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    February 1, 2015 at 6:14 am

    What Beautiful Pottery! What a Wonderful giveaway especially this time of year as we go thru ol man Winter here on the North Carolina Coast. The colors are vibrant and on this cloudy, overcast morning how warming my coffee would be in one of these precious mugs. Thank you so much for this giveaway and for sharing this artists’ work. I will be checking out her online shop for sure.

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      February 1, 2015 at 7:21 am

      I visit North Carolina a lot, and you have some wonderful potters there – but Sandy’s work is truly unique…good luck!

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    Stephanie Dunphy
    February 1, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Gorgeous and I do believe food tastes yummier in pretty dishes. I am a mug person…I love my morning tea and don’t get in my way until I have it and yes, don’t touch my mug! :o) I’m off to visit Sandy’s Etsy shop. Thanks for such a generous giveaway. I’m all signed up.

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      February 1, 2015 at 7:23 am

      You’re welcome Stephanie – I’m a mug person too, and these are nice and thick and keep everything warm for a good long time 🙂

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    Kris H.
    February 1, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing…I am going to check out her shop right now 🙂

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      February 1, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Thanks for stopping by Kris!

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