Silver Canyon Pottery has been in operation since 1988 right here in Avalon, Catalina Island. Founded by local Robin Cassidy the studio started out as a production pottery shop. Thousands of mugs, plates, and bowls later a chance conversation with a fellow Islander in charge of maintaining the areas of the town covered in historic Catalina Tile led to a whole new direction. Many of the downtown tiles were in terrible shape and nobody was making the particular style anew. A little experimentation and 20 donated tiles to the City of Avalon set the pottery on a whole new course. They needed a whole lot more than that and the downtown of Avalon is now covered to the tune of around 40% with our reproductions. New construction including the new City Hall complex, The Avalon Hotel, and countless private commissions fill out our roster. We provide tiles to stores in downtown Avalon as well as wildly popular finisher medals for the yearly full Marathon.
We had fun making these very tiles and want to share it with you.....
Robin Cassidy owner of Silver Canyon Pottery grew up on Catalina Island. Too busy being a typical Island girl growing up it was not until she returned from the mainland after college that the pottery bug hit. Hey, what else would you do with a degree in Psychology! Her passion for the traditional tile beauty of the town and desire to share this knowledge with visitors led to the popular make your own tile tours. We have as much fun as you will!
See the folks that make it all happen.
Third generation Island girl and daughter of legendary Island fisherman Jerry Cicconi, Gina is the backbone of the operation. If only we would let her glaze EVERYTHING orange. It's our running joke!
Kat Chase, makes much of the tile we send to the stores of Avalon. She is lucky enough to reside at Toyon Bay which is a kids camp made entirely of original Catalina Tile and brick. Cool!
Our newest member, Ariel is a joy to work with. Relatively new to the island, her positive attitude and quick learning has her quickly becoming another valuable asset to our company.