One of the wonderful benefits of working at Sunset Hill Stoneware is the people we meet along the way. They all have a story to tell. Such is the case for Susan Berry, an international authority on proper ringing.

Susan is the author of Healthy Ringing, a comprehensive publication that single-handedly changed the way handbell musicians and individual handbell choirs approach their instrument.  She’s co-authored instructional manuals, videos and has traveled the world sharing her artistic craft. 

Today, Susan is the president of Handbell Services, Inc. located in Michigan. Established in 1990, HSI has become the world's largest supplier of handbell-related gifts.  She has a brick and mortar store, online store and exhibits at many handbell festivals and conferences targeting handbell enthusiasts. 

Ringwear® (a collection of fun t-shirts), handbell gloves, polishing cloths and tiny turn page clips designed for turning music pages are all available for purchase. To complement the store’s offering Susan works with talented artists and American manufacturers – like Sunset Hill Stoneware. In fact, Susan’s son, Allen designed the HSI artwork featured on SHS stoneware pieces.

Today hand thrown Sunset Hill Stoneware pieces are sold in their store and online to their global audience.

When you see bell ringers and hear the joyful sounds of handbell choirs, think of Susan and the impact her musical passion communicates to all languages.   

Keeping Watch. Pat

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