Catalina Island

Style Feature: Handmade Goods, Homemade Memories; Catalina Island Pottery Bath & Body

The unique landscape of Catalina Island features nearly ninety percent of open terrain and miles of natural California preservation. Back in 1927, when the famous casino building was first being built, a unique red clay was discovered in the outskirts of the island town. While contractors began using this material to form brick, artists and sculptors began using the material for traditional pottery dishes and paintings. Now, after more than 85 years since the clay’s discovery, there are merely a few places to find these rare art pieces. Catalina Island Pottery Bath and Body, owned by mom and pop entrepreneurship duo of Steve and Brenda Hoefs, is passionate about showcasing, collecting and selling these valuable pieces of art. Steve even wrote a book years ago called the “Catalina Island Pottery Collectors Guide”.

Priceless pottery is a passion, but the shop is also full of wonderfully hand crafted soaps and bath salts. All the materials in the store are crafted in Southern California and the names of the soaps all feature Catalina Island hot spots such as “Catalina Coconut” and “Avalon Angel”. The Hoefs also own and operate the beautiful, beach style shop Sun Kissed, and the Island favorite Three Palms Avalon Arcade located in the Metropole Marketplace. For all things gifts, home decor, pottery and more, Catalina Island Pottery Bath and Body is the store.