The original Happs Pottery began in Vasse in the early 1970s. The current workshop and gallery located at our Dunsborough Cellar Door was established in 1978. It was built as the workshop of Erl and Ros Happ, three generations of family and many interested friends. Clay and glaze materials were processed on site and a large, sooty, two chamber trolley kilns fired with diesel oil were at the heart of it all. When you walked in you saw potters at work, clay being prepared, pug mills, a ball mill, dust everywhere and lots of ware in preparation. In those days we divided our time between the pottery, the vineyard and the winery according to the season.
Erl’s involvement in the pottery came to an end in 1985 when his sons Myles and Jeremy became active potters. Myles then started his own Happs Pottery business on Caves Road between Dunsborough and Busselton, where he also sells his homemade raw honey products.
The Commonage Pottery & Gallery at our Happs Wines venue on Commonage Road remains a showcase of beautiful creations and artists at work; producing pots, paintings and sculptures before our visitor's eyes. We also offer workshop events, a wide range of gorgeous handicrafts, giftware and jewellery from local artisans.