Ray and Michelle would like to welcome
both old friends and new to our website. Amsbury’s has been
making and designing quality ceramic products since 1969. In the
spring of 1969 we not only produced our first son Ryan but also
our first clay items.
Michelle was working at a ceramics company loading kilns and helping
customers. She started to make her own items and learned to throw
on the potter’s wheel. She began to make many items that people
were interested in so she decided to start selling them to the public
at local shows. She did this for a few years making a variety of
items including vases, figurines and windchimes. The windchimes
she designed required handmade ceramic beads, that led to making
thousands of beads to feed the hungry hordes of Macramé artists
that sprang up in the late 60’s. Which later led to making
“Love Beads” for the throngs of necklace clad Hippies
that populated the early 70’s.
One visit to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in 1970 led to a lifelong
relationship with that institution. After the first year of working
both Southern and Norther California Faires, Ray quit his job and
joined Michelle making ceramics fulltime, Amsbury Ceramics was born.
We have shown at the Southern and Northern California Renaissance
Pleasure Faire continuously since 1971.
The Ceramic Cathedral in our Archive Gallery was inspired by one
created by a ceramic sculptor whose work first appeared on the cover
of Home Magazine. Making this first piece was so enjoyable we began
making other slab constructed pieces, primarily Victorian Houses
“This is the start of our history, please check back
to find out the rest.”
Go to the Archives
section to see some of our work from over the years.