MARJON CERAMICS, INC.Pottery & Ceramic Supplies, Equipment, Education &
Services in Arizona since 1952.
Marjon's is a fourth-generation, family-owned
and operated business: providing pottery and ceramic
supplies, services, equipment, and education in
Arizona since 1952. Our services are available to
the public as well as to wholesalers.
educational branch, Arizona School of Fired Arts
(stationed at our Phoenix location), offers seasonal
classes in wheel throwing and handbuilding. We also
regularly offer specialty workshops! (View our calendar
We take great pride in our involvement and
contribution to the ceramics community over these
69+ years. And we deeply appreciate the continued
support of our patrons, staff, friends, and family
who've allowed us to keep this small business alive
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 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 owners.
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
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.