MARJON CERAMICS INC.
3434 W. EARLL DR. PHOENIX, AZ 85017
PHONE (602) 272-6585 FAX (602) 272-1507
426 W. ALTURAS TUCSON, AZ 85705
PHONE (520) 624-2872 FAX (520) 624-3127
It began in 1949, when Marj Hadley Brooks
started attending ceramic classes. Her husband Jon Hadley
supported and encouraged her new hobby.
He soon converted a "model T" garage into a workroom and the entire family began to participate in ceramics. Marj's 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 their finished samples. They soon
offered her a chance to be a sales representative for their company. In 1952 this interest became a new business and needed a name so the two of them
decided on combining their names, Marj and Jon, and came up with Marjon Ceramics.
The next step was a move to an old farm
house that would serve as a studio and residence in central
Phoenix. Setting money aside each week,
they saved to purchase property in a commercial location. This was finally accomplished in 1956.
At this time, their daughter, Carol
Richard, became an apprentice learning Marj's artistic skills
and Jon'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 its kind, and is still the finest source of ceramic
information for the hobbyist and teacher. It was
titled the "Beginners Manual for Low-Fire Ceramics" quite a mouthful! The public quickly accepted it and retitled it by several names:
"Marj's Manual", "The Little Red Book", and "The Ceramic Bible" all came to be terms for the one book that helped so many newcomers and
teachers in the ceramics hobby, The book is sold world wide and by 1980 had over 100,000 copies in print.
Jon Hadley died in 1965 and Marj brought
her daughter Carol into the company as a full partner. During
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 on business information to interested people who wanted to become business owners.
In 1972, another major change was
experienced. Marjon Ceramics (which had by then become
incorporated) opened a second location in
Tucson, Arizona. With statewide distribution now possible, the growth factor was even greater and the Phoenix facility had to be updated and
enlarged. That brought the decision to move to our current Phoenix location of 3434 West Earll Drive in 1978. Marj had the honor of making the first sale.
Marj died in 1980, but left a fantastic
legacy of friends who's lives she has greatly enriched through
her love of ceramics.
Carol continues to help the business and the industry grow locally and nationally through available education that is passed along to
business-minded ceramists through her position as C.E.O. of the Company. Marj's grandchildren: Stephen Hieb, Eileen Shepherd
and Elaine Herbert, and great grandchildren: Shannan Vickery, Dean Vickery and Joseph Speissegger work actively in the business
and serve on the Board of Directors. A fifth generation is being schooled in the same family tradition to insure that there will be a
continuation of quality customer service and products.
Marjon Ceramics, Inc., professional consultants for your ceramic needs.