About

Phoenix Ceramic and Fire Supply

is located in Arcata, behind the "Redwood Curtain" in Northern California--far Northern California, closer to Oregon than to the Bay Area. It is owned and operated by Noel who has been a potter for more than thirty five years. She and one employee serve customers involved in ceramics at all levels.

There was clearly a need for a ceramics supply store in Arcata and the surrounding area; in a community with more than its share of ceramic artists, the nearest suppliers were 200 miles away. So, many years ago, Phoenix Ceramic opened. From the beginning, Phoenix has emphasized personal attention and service. Noel knows that people, especially those just getting started, don't need just clay, glaze and needle tools -- they also need a place where they can ask advice. Somewhere they can ask "What do you mean, 'what temperature level clay do I want'?" and be answered seriously. Noel hopes to expand this emphasis to the website--please direct your eye to the "Tips" link at the top of the page.

So, virtual customer, welcome to Phoenix Ceramic and Fire Supply, a space in a former creamery building and barrel factory, stuffed to the gills with all sorts of ceramic equipment and pottery equipment for sale including wheels, kilns, Giffin Grips, baskets of sponges, bags of EPK etc. and of course, hundreds and hundreds of fifty-pound boxes of clay. Perhaps it is a delivery day--if so, please say hello to Noel's husband Ed and various college students--they'll be the ones getting all those boxes of clay in the door and stacked. If it's before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., sorry, you'll have to come back later--we keep "mom hours" here. But never fear; the website is open twenty-four hours a day...

Why Buy From Us?

We are here to help you with information and personal service, advice on which equipment is for you, and encouragement for your work and play with clay.

  • We offer good prices on quality goods with great warranties.
  • Privacy policy -- we will not sell or distribute your name, e-mail, address, or any other info.
  • Service -- we respond quickly via phone or e-mail.
  • Reliable, established business since 1998 -- if you are somewhere nearby we have a real store you can come visit.
  • Security -- we have a secure server with 128-bit encryption to protect your financial information.