Hard as it is to believe, One Wintry Night Ollas is truly a home-based business. . . . All of our Ollas - and other pottery - are made here, in our basement studio. Though we would love to expand to a larger space, this seems to work for us.
As you may have guessed, as our business has grown, so have our electricity bills! We fire our kiln almost continuously, and the kiln accounts for well over half of our home electricity usage.
We have always been concerned about the impact of our business on the environment, and have given a lot of thought to the materials we source for our clay and glazes, as well as our packaging, and our energy usage. For years, we have been participating in a renewable energy program (wind!) through our local utility, which helped us feel good about our pottery production.
But this year we did something big . . . we decided that solar made sense for us, and had a 33 panel system installed! We couldn't be happier with it. The panels now generate the majority of the electricity we consume, and the rest of our energy is through the renewable energy program at our utility!
So, when you buy an Olla from us, you can be assured that they have been sustainably made, and as we move into the future, will hopefully be a bit more affordable than they would have been without the panels. We are proud of how our Ollas are made, and want you to feel good about using them!