Alan Azul moved to Colorado in 1971 to establish his first pottery studio, a primitive set up with alternative sources of energy used for living as well as working. The first two kilns were salt and wood kilns with a kick wheel and not much else. Developing a style of his own, Alan started formulating shiny glazes of blues and bright colors, which have remained his trademark.
After moving his studio and opening a retail store in late 1980, the emphasis of the pottery became dinnerware place settings, which are the strongest selling items (about four hundred sets of dinnerware a year). Each functional piece of pottery is dishwasher/microwave/oven safe and lead-free.
In 1996 the pottery moved once again; the store in Villa Grove has been the best location so far. The highway brings many diverse tourists to the pottery in the summer and fall. Alan and his wife and partner Diane, also offer Casa Azul’s B & B & Pottery Retreat where one can stop for overnight or several days, and also try their hand at making a piece of pottery.