The first Thanksgiving wasn’t a holiday; it was simply a three-day gathering of Plymouth colonists and Native Americans celebrating the harvest of 1621. The harvest was bountiful in crop – and in kindness. The natives are credited with sharing their learnings with the Pilgrims while helping the immigrants survive their first year in America. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day as an official holiday.
Come fast forward to 2016. Like Native Americans hundreds of years ago, the hope is that we bestow the same compassion and kindness once given to our ancestors. Thanksgiving Day is simply a good time to pause, be grateful and kind to family, friends and acquaintances.
Businesses have always been driven by data, metrics and profit. While every company needs to be profitable – as people, we want to reflect on purpose, along with interacting ethically and with thoughtfulness.
Below is a top ten list of what we are continually grateful for this holiday. We encourage you to read and reflect on what is important to you and your business this holiday season.
SHS Top Ten List of Thankfulness
- Thankful for Customers
We are forever grateful to our extended family of SHS champions who use our product in their daily lives. Whether retailing, gifting, fundraising or simply drinking your morning coffee – we appreciate your passion for our American craftsmanship.
- Thankful for Signature Stoneware™
Every piece of our stoneware is hand thrown by artisan potters. We hand press custom artwork into permanent 3-dimensional clay medallions, hand apply it to pottery and then high-fire it to last a lifetime. The end result is attractive, functional and uniquely yours. It’s artsy, functional and safe. And made in America.
- Thankful for Employees
Talented. Artistic. Dedicated. We employ local artisans who design, throw, create, apply, dip, package and ship, along with office staff who enjoy the gift of gab and work to meet your high standards. SHS employees are passionate – and priceless.
- Thankful for Coffee and Beer
Let’s face it – coffee by day, beer by night keep us satisfied in more ways than one.
- Thankful for Entrepreneurship
Passion, ingenuity and endless energy are Dunsirn family traits. Tom and Duane maintain a relentless drive to reach perfection and gallantly invest into facilities, systems, safety and processes that’s second to none. They know American retailers need high quality and quick turnaround on USA-made products for their store shelves.
- Thankful for Technology
Computer engagement helps us do more with less. Our technology and systems talk to us, so we can talk to you. Who would have thought that that Signature Stoneware™ could be smart and savvy?
- Thankful for America’s Cleanest Greenest Pottery
Tom and Duane have redefined the pottery industry by placing worker safety and environmental responsibility at the forefront of our daily operations. Our business depends on the earth’s natural resources of clay, water and heat, so it’s natural that we would be protective of our environmental footprint — and our employees' long-term health.
- Thankful for Brand Recognition
Smart marketers know that brand awareness plays a pivotal role in purchasing decisions. Connecting your brand with an American-made, handcrafted product speaks volumes to others about your company’s integrity and values. The more aware consumers are of your product and your brand, the more likely they are to buy from you.
- Thankful for Emotional Attachment
Like a pair of your favorite jeans, customers become passionate about collecting and using SHS stoneware. Why not? It’s safe, easy to use and impressive to look at. It’s easy to develop a lasting loving relationship with SHS products. We require no prenuptial agreement and our divorce rate is extremely low.
- Thankful for America
We are grateful to be living in the U.S.A. and working with organizations that reflect the American spirit. While our holiday may be full of parades, football, deer hunting and roasted turkey – we are thankful for the friends and business relationships that have supported SHS through the years.
Keeping watch. Pat