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Sunrise Pottery

Retail Shop and Workshop for Classes Among the Hills Near Boerne

Article by Connie McFall Clark

Photography by Kate Cooley/Cooley Portraits

Originally published in Boerne Lifestyle

Nestled among the oaks and cedar on a hillside northeast of Boerne, is a treasure of unique pottery. In front of the Sunrise Pottery buildings are beautiful one-of-a-kind wind chimes, statues, bird feeders and plant holders designed and created by life-time potter Doug Oian. Inside the buildings are where the magic happens.

Doug works, or rather enjoys, being in his workshop creating his own brand of pottery and creating custom orders for clients. All of his pieces in the shop are for sale. He truly enjoys passing on his craft to others and with patience and encouragement, he instructs adults, children from the age of seven, groups and families in the pursuit of creation. Lessons on the Potter’s Wheel are $100 for a four-lesson package plus the clay purchase. He will take groups of four to nine people at $30 for each lesson, which includes the clay and glazes. He not only shows his students how to turn pottery but will explain the process and materials used in the process. Students will then return to the studio to fire the pieces.

Doug had a retail shop in San Antonio for years and then moved to the Boerne area and opened his workshop here. Go to for more information. Sunrise Pottery is located at 330 FM 474. Classes are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.