Kiln Opening


In 1999, after numerous questions and lots of interest from customers about their studio, kiln and home, Jan and Jon decided to hold a Kiln Opening and Sale at their home and studio. These events are held at least once a year, sometimes twice, in the spring and/or fall and provide an opportunity to visit the studio, see where the pots are made, watch hot pottery come out of the kiln and learn about our production and firing methods. A freshly fired kiln is unloaded on Saturday morning and early visitors get first chance to purchase their choice of the new pots (after they cool down, of course). Also exhibiting are long-time friends and potters, Michael and Gaye Lynn Hodgson from Wimberley. Using stoneware and porcelain they produce outstanding functional pottery for use in the home.

This is also a chance to see the Briegers’ unique Hill Country home, which they built using slip-forms, local stone and recycled materials. (Click here for more details). This labor of love took them 2 1/2 years to construct and many more to finish.

Collecting and laying all of the stone, they were able to build a beautiful and durable home, which fits into the Hill Country landscape, much like the early German stone structures seen in the area.

Jan and Jon, along with the Hodgsons, are available both days to answer questions and show visitors around. Tasha Brieger will offer a selection of Hill Country Lavender products. Snacks and refreshments, including beer and wine, will be served. Time permitting, Jon and/or Michael will demonstrate throwing pots on the wheel under the shady live oak trees.

When planning to visit our Kiln Opening, give yourself enough time to stop by Arnosky Family Farms, located on the corner of 2325 and Hwy 165; look for the Blue Barn. They are located 1.5 miles from the Briegers’ house. Stop in and get flowers for your new vase or pick up some homemade cheese, veggies, or bedding plants.


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