Georgetown is a historic neighborhood and entertainment district located in northwest Washington, D.C.  Located along the Potomac River, it is home to the main campus of Georgetown University and numerous other landmarks – including Martin’s Tavern.

Martin’s Tavern is a well-known Washington D.C. landmark established in 1933 during the midst of the Great Depression. Throughout time, the warm atmosphere of Martin’s has served locals, along with high-ranking governmental officials. 

In fact, the history of Martin’s Tavern is rich in hospitality and entertainment. Every U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush has stopped at the legendary landmark.


Rumor has it that John F. Kennedy had a regular booth there – and that he proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in booth #3, while Richard Nixon ate his favorite dish of meatloaf in booth #2.  George W. Bush and family resided at Table 12. And it was the gathering place for local jocks like Mickey Mantle and Ty Cobb who chugged late-night beers and celebrated Yankee wins in the backroom fondly called the Dugout.

Four generations of Martins have owned and operated the iconic pub – William S, William G, William A – and now Billy Martin, Jr.  Billy’s grandfather – William G. Martin played baseball for the Miracle Braves of 1914 and World Series Champions, lived life to the fullest and was the life of every party. Billy’s father was a Golden Glove boxing champion at Georgetown University and played golf on the Pro-Am circuit during the 1950’s. 


Today Billy Martin, Jr. continues the 80-year old tradition of running Washington’s oldest family-owned restaurant with top notch food where sports, politics and Martini’s still flow freely. Only difference is now you can enjoy draft and local craft beers in Sunset Hill Stoneware.

Keeping Watch.  Pat

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After a nice comeback rally yesterday from America’s favorite NFL team, coach Mike McCarthy from the Green Bay Packers stated "It's a game of adversity. It's a game of momentum swings. It's a game of big plays. We were in a spot, but our players stayed the course."

That quote is a little bit more subtle than Vince Lombardi’s shout out of “What the hell’s going on out here?.” 

Vince Lombardi’s football knowledge and coaching skills are legendary – and the wisdom he conveyed to his players is priceless advice that is used today across the country to inspire and motivate teams on football fields, during sales meetings and in boardrooms. 

We are honored to work with the Vince Lombardi family to recognize this NFL icon. You’ll find timeless Lombardi quotes and portraits set in stone(ware).  Purchase pieces that are in stock and ready to purchase – or design your own.


These pieces are attractive, functional and timeless – just like the great Vince Lombardi.

Until next time.  Tom

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As you follow our story, you know that Sunset Hill Stoneware has taken extraordinary efforts to provide a safe workplace for our employees – and a safe product line for our customers.


Long-term exposure to inhaling clay dust and working in a damp environment can lead to serious health issues. That’s why we’ve invested heavily in clean air filtration and circulation units and monitor our facility with computer-controlled air and heating systems for employee comfort and safety.

We could say we care for our employees, in the same way customers treasure our stoneware. Our artistry is not intended for shelf decoration; it’s designed to be functional in your office and home – and shared with those you love.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created guidelines on the safety and labeling of pottery. While we are not required by law to adhere to FDA recommendations, we make sure our products are analyzed to meet their standards. Our clay materials (made in America!) are certified and our glazed products have been tested by an independent analytical laboratory – to ensure lead and cadmium metals meet FDA and California Proposition 65 compliancy standards.

We’re proud to be recognized as a ‘Product Safety Aware' company by the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Pathway to Confidence initiative. Meeting the evolving product safety compliance expectations of the industry requires regulatory knowledge and an ongoing company commitment.

While not all American-made or imported stoneware is safe, our customers can be assured that Sunset Hill Stoneware is 100% lead free and cadmium free, making it food safe and perfect for everyday use.

We will continue to actively engage in a culture that prioritizes and commits to product safety – in your home – and for the good of our employees.

Until next time.  Tom

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Dogfish Head is a famous jut of land off the coast of Maine. Legend says the area was named Dogfish as when locals put out traps for lobster, they typically ended up with more dogfish (a small shark) than lobsters.

So how did Dogfish Head Craft Brewery end up in Delaware? Well, as in many cases, a woman was behind the decision. While Sam Calagione, Dogfish founder and die-hard New Englander spent summers up at Dogfish Head, after he met his wife she enticed him to Delaware. Always one to hang onto to his love for New England, Sam formed his second love and founded Dogfish Head Brewery

You could say that Dogfish is a bit out of the ordinary – their tagline captures it well, 'off-centered ales for off-centered people.'  That’s what makes their intentional, yet unconventional approach so interesting and fun. 

They’ve been featured in Beer Wars and was part of Discovery Channel’s Brew Masters series. They’ve been known to collaborate with businesses outside of the beer industry like creating special ale for the Grateful Dead. And just earlier this summer they celebrated the opening of Dogfish Inn, a dog-friendly, newly renovated 16-room motel located in Lewes, DE. It’s here you’ll find Dogfish Head hand soap and other thoughtful, beer-centric amenities.


Looking to find Dogfish brew in your area.  Use their online Fish Finder to search by state.  Only in America.

Keeping Watch.  Pat

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It’s hard to find a company that isn’t proud of what they make. That’s the way it should be.  But I can’t help feeling that some companies are just a bit more special.  American Made. Handmade Craftsmanship. Functional Beauty.  Yes, those are attributes that describe Sunset Hill Stoneware mugs, but that’s not what this story is about. I’m referring to Deering Banjos.

This California-based company builds Deering banjos.  Never heard of them? They’ve been in business for 39 years and have hand built more than 100,000 banjos in that time. 

Greg and Janet Deering own the family-run business. It started with Greg’s love for woodworking. At the age of 2 Greg watched his Dad build model airplanes; by 3 Greg owned his first tool set.  When he was 13, he bought his first banjo; and in 1970 he began doing instrument repairs via the American Dream Co-op. In 1975, Greg and his wife, Janet, opened the Deering Banjo Company and built the company piece by piece.  

Today the factory employs 48 dedicated banjo specialists all focused on making the best banjos in the world. Who buys these beautifully crafted products? Eric Church, Ashley Campbell, Bela Fleck – and yes, there are thousands more, even 7-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift.


Why do artists from around the world insist on a Deering banjo?  Because they know the love, passion and time built into each piece. Its hand made, irreplaceable and music to their ears. I like the sound of that! 

Keeping watch. Pat


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Sunset Hill Stoneware production potters are disciplined souls. Over and over again, they systematically throw clumps of wet clay onto pottery wheels and form them into mugs – consistently creating 100’s of the same style each day. It’s beautiful to watch their American spirit at work – that beauty can also be savored at LARIAT Coffee Roasters.


In the shadow of the North Cascade Mountains, you find Bob and Lori. Much like determined pioneers traveling across this country in years past, Bob and Lori made a bold move to delay their retirement and start Lariat Coffee Roasters.

Located in Winthrop, WA, the region is rich in history, character and principles – much like the great care required when producing the deep roasted flavor of Lariat single-source and proprietary blends like Cowboy Mud, Buck Mountain and Outlaw Espresso.


The perfect cup of coffee at Lariat is defined as coffee so rich and flavorful you’re compelled to pause and savor the experience. That fits their brand and their location – a place to slow down, unwind and savor the scenery while relaxing with a cup of coffee.

We hope the cowboy in you takes time this summer to visit Winthrop, Washington where you will enjoy the rugged natural beauty and the perfect cup of coffee.

Keeping watch.  Pat


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Fishing, nature walks, outdoor cooking and barbecues. It’s that time of year (finally), where people can gather outside with friends and family and enjoy the best of what nature has to offer. Sometimes a person needs to escape the routine of ordinary life – and that’s exactly what Carmine and Lisa Torella offer at The Great Divide Campground located in northwest New Jersey.


The Great Divide Campground welcomes families of all ages from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, along with all camping enthusiasts across the country.  For those who relish the thought of getting away from it all, the Torella’s and their team have worked hard to ensure their facilities are clean, safe and accommodating, along with a full schedule of family fun. 


Take time to relish the smell of fresh air, taking in the area’s natural beauty and sitting around a campfire, gazing up at the stars and listening to the sounds of the night – and the comfort of camping coffee.  After all, coffee is always better when brewed outdoors – and in Sunset Hill Stoneware!


Enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend.  Pat 

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For your convenience, we’ve enhanced our shopping processes.  Use our Multi-ship function – Now you can shop for gifts and ship to multiple people in one transaction!

1. Get started by registering and/or signing into our site. Then enter your default shipping/billing addresses. Next add everyone in your address book that you would like to send gifts to. Be sure to include their name in the ‘Address Name’ box so you will be able to select them later.

2. Start shopping! Fill your cart by customizing pieces or purchase from our in-stock collections.

a. Select your quantity desired.
(Our in-stock selection is limited to the quantities on hand.)

b. If you are ordering more than 1 piece, decide if you are shipping the requested quantity to the same address or if you want to use our multi-ship function and ship the quantity selected to  different addresses.  

3. After filling your shopping cart with customized and/or in-stock stoneware, click ‘Checkout’ when complete.

4. As you start the checkout process, select the ‘Destination’ from the drop down for each product line.  The drop down menu will ‘show’ all of your contacts in your account address book. Add a gift message if desired.

In the ‘Ship By’ drop down area, select from:

a. UPS SurePost (3-6 day)
b. UPS Ground (2-5 day)
c. UPS 2nd Day Air (2-day)
d. UPS Next Day Air (overnight)
e. Pick Up: Neenah Retail Store (Free)

Once completed, click ‘Continue Checkout’ button.

5Review your order one last time and click ‘Submit Order’ to Enter Payment!

Shop, ship, save. Let Your Fingers Do the Shopping! 
Until next time.  Tom 

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Introducing New Glaze Colors to Our Stoneware Collection

Lorrie Morgan sang it best: “I'm looking for something in red, something that's shocking to turn someone's head, strapless and sequined…”

Well, you asked us for Red and we’ve delivered with an amazing red glaze that is definitely turning heads!  And it was extremely gratifying when members of the independent analytical laboratory we utilize for glaze testing confirmed that our SHS Red exceeded all expectations.

This is just the starting point. In 2014, we’ll be introducing a full series of primary colors.

Good things are worth waiting for—like beautiful red mugs from Sunset Hill Stoneware.

Until next time. Tom

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Sunset Hill Stoneware has added an additional shipping option for their online customers – called UPS SurePost. This economy service with limited features is designed for non-urgent, residential deliveries. The service combines the consistency and reliability of the UPS Ground® network with final delivery provided by the U.S. Postal Service.

SurePost Features

  • Residential deliveries (Monday-Saturday)
  • Transit Time: 2-7 days
  • Lightweight and small-sized parcels
  • Ideal for packages less than 10 pounds
  • Provides full visibility from® with USPS® delivery

And our favorite feature – you can save money when selecting this service! During the checkout process, simply select 'UPS-SurePost' from our dropdown offering.

Everything else stays the same. Beautiful handcrafted stoneware. Eco-friendly protective packaging. Save with SurePost. It’s a sure thing!

Keeping watch. Pat

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