MARJON CERAMICS, INC.Pottery & Ceramic Supplies, Equipment, Education &
Services in Arizona since 1952.
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Marjon's is a fourth generation,
family owned and operated business. We provide retail
& wholesale ceramic supplies and equipment. Along
with specialty classes in our second studio, we also
provide outstanding education in our Arizona School of
Fired Arts (located at our Phoenix store). We got our
start in 1952 and have been providing pottery and
ceramic services in Arizona for over 65 years. We're
proud of our roots as well as our accomplishments. We
deeply love and appreciate our customers, staff,
friends, and family who have supported us through the
It all began in 1949, when Marj Hadley started attending ceramic classes which her husband John Hadley fully supported. Her talent as a ceramic artist brought her to the attention of a glaze manufacturer who contracted with her to create new techniques for their products and produce finished samples. Soon after they offered her a chance to be a sales rep for their company. In 1952 this interest became a new business and needed a name, so Marj and John decided on combining their names and came up with Marjon Ceramics.
At this time, their daughter, Carol Richard, became an apprentice learning Marj's artistic skills and John's business techniques. Their combined efforts allowed them to cater to the retail hobby ceramic trade while also developing as a wholesale distributor of ceramic supplies.
In 1963, Marj wrote a book that
was the first of it's kind, and is still the finest
source of ceramic info for the hobbyist and teacher.
It was titled "Beginners Manual for Low-Fire
Ceramics". The public quickly accepted it and
re-titled it by several names: "Marj's manual", "The
Little Red Book", and "The Ceramic Bible"... all these
terms came from the one book that helped so many
newcomers and teachers in the ceramics hobby. The book
was sold world wide and by 1980 had over 100,000
copies in print.
In 1965 John passed away and
Carol was brought in as a full partner. In this time
of re-direction the decision was made to expand the
wholesale business and make it easier for people to
own their own studios. Marj became the "teacher's
teacher" and Carol passed along business info to
interested people who wanted to become business
In 1972, Marjon Ceramics (which had become Incorporated), opened a second location in Tucson, Arizona. With statewide distribution, the growth factor was even greater and the Phoenix facility had to be updated and enlarged: encouraging us to move to our current Phoenix location in 1978. Marj had the honor of making the first sale.
In 1980 Marj passed away,
leaving a fantastic legacy of friends and family whose
lives she greatly enriched through her love of
ceramics. Carol passed in 2017 leaving a wonderful
legacy to many ceramic artists.
Marj's grandchildren: Stephen Hieb, Eileen Shepherd, and Elaine Herbert; and great grandchildren: Shannan Vickery, Dean Vickery, Joseph Speissegger, and David Shepherd work actively in the same family tradition; ensuring continuation of quality customer service and products in the store and/or on the Board.