Sheffield Pottery Ceramics Supply Company
Since 1946

Sheffield Pottery Ceramic Supply Contact Information

Phone : 1.413.229-7700
Fax: 1.413.229-0200
Office is open via phone and email M-F : 8:30 -5
Note Toll-Free Phone in out of order (Toll-Free: 1.888.774-2529 or 1.888.spi-clay): Use 1.413.229-7700

Showroom is temporarily closed.

Customer pick-ups can be arranged Tuesday though Friday 10am - 4pm
(Requires 48 hour notice : Place order online and let us know in the order comments when you want to pick up)

Note : We will bring your order out and you will load it into your car : bring a friend if needed!
We can load larger items into pickup truck or trailer with our fork-lift.

Mailing Address:
Sheffield Pottery, Inc.
995 North Main St
P.O.Box 399
Sheffield, MA 01257

[email protected]

Here is an Episode of WGBY tv "Making it Here" about the history and clay making process at Sheffield Pottery!

See photos of our Clay Making Process here.


In the fall of 1943, Joseph and Marie Cowen, newly married , purchased a large farm near the Housatonic River. They raised cows, chickens, and sheep, and sold produce at their roadside farm stand. After seeing an article about pottery in a family magazine, Joe and Marie hauled a bucket of clay from the clay pit on their land to see if they could use this resource to make a living. From Marie's first cup and Joe's first saucer came the beginnings of the present-day Sheffield Pottery, Inc.
Joe and Marie Cowen

Clearing out the animals in 1946, the Cowens turned the barn into a small showroom, selling handmade pottery fired in a 6' x 6' kiln. The business rapidly flourished, and by December 1949, Sheffield Pottery was featured in Redbook magazine. By 1965, while raising three children, the Cowens had acquired a clay mixer, pugmill, and a large railroad-car kiln. They incorporated, added to the building to accommodate the huge new kiln, and started selling ceramic supplies and clays as well as their pottery, which had now established their business as a part of the growing Berkshire tourist trade.
The Old Showroom

Joseph Cowen retired in 1982, turning the business over to his youngest son, John, who is now President of Sheffield Pottery, Inc. John began almost at once to change the focus of the company toward becoming a high-quality ceramics supplier. A new warehouse went up in 1983, to allow the storage of much larger quantities of dry materials, both for sale and for use in the ever-growing numbers of stock and custom moist clay bodies. A new delivery truck was soon on the road throughout the northeast, delivering regularly to customers from Maine to Long Island.

Erich MixerIn 1993, a 14,000 square foot production, processing and warehouse facility was completed. Attached to the existing warehouse, it allowed us to offer one of the largest stocking quantities of dry materials in the Northeast. New moist clay production equipment and systems were added as well, to increase our production to meet demand, while still maintaining our rigid quality control standards.

Wheel Throwing Class

During 2000 and 2001 a second major expansion was undertaken, offering 12,000 additional square feet of production, storage, and loading docks. The fleet of trucks has grown to three, including a tractor trailer truck and a crane unloading system. Our custom-built, computer controlled dry batching system assures accurate formula preparation. We have installed the finest mixing technology available by using an Erich high intensive mixer.

The move of all the clay production from the original barn to the new addition has allowed for the beginning of a renovation and expansion of our retail showrooms. The ceramic supplies and retail pottery are both being given their own enlarged spaces, to enhance customer convenience. Sheffield Pottery has built a reputation for premium quality products, excellent customer service, and dependability, and we are looking forward to continuing to build our history and traditions into the years to come.

Sheffield Pottery sells a wide variety of pottery equipment and supplies including pottery wheels, kilns, glazes, clay, and other tools and materials needed for pottery making. We also have a large selection of pottery books and DVD's available for purchase.

Sheffield Pottery is known for its commitment to the ceramics community and its dedication to promoting the art of pottery. With a strong reputation for providing high-quality equipment and supplies, to help you develop your skills and create beautiful pieces of pottery.

We also sellfinished pottery online at, providing customers with a wide selection of unique and handmade pottery pieces made by our clay customers. Overall, Sheffield Pottery is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning about or practicing pottery.

With a wide range of equipment, and supplies, as well as a knowledgeable and dedicated staff, Sheffield Pottery is a great place for anyone to start or continue their journey in the world of ceramics.