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KEMPER stands for quality handcrafted ceramic tools. The Kemper story starts in 1947 when a friend asked Jack Kemper to make a tool for his class. Jack made his first ceramic tool in his garage in California. As you can guess, soon everyone wanted one of these tools. The first tool was functional and well constructed. However, Jack was just not satisfied and took his simple design and improved it with the intent of making it comfortable in the hand of the artist as well as a nice looking tool. 

Interest became widespread as Jack’s reputation grew. Ceramists, sculptors and hobbyists turned to Jack for special tools. After studying tools from the early Romans, Jack was able to combine practical knowhow and a sense of design. A few of the tools we have bear a resemblance to those of olden days; however, most do not have predecessors. Under the tutelage of 96 year old mastercraftsman, Anthony Rigotty, Jack studied techniques in creating fine wood modeling tools. A short time later, Jack purchased the Anthony Rigotty Company and incorporated many of those designs and patterns into the Kemper product line.

Listening and responding to the needs of the artist, teacher, professional, and hobbyist alike, Jack’s ability to adapt to the forever changing field put Kemper on the map as the world’s largest manufacturer of quality ceramic art The company continued to grow, expanding throughout the United States and into twenty seven foreign countries. In the early seventies, Kemper MFG. moved to Chino, California. In 1981, Jack Kemper retired, selling the company to Kempers’ Vice President, Herb Stampfl. Herb, having originally started working at Kemper as an engineer, is the acting President, serves on organizational boards, and still has a hand in designing new tools and innovative products.

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We aim to provide excellent customer service to all potters who chose to shop with us, however, the areas we are able to serve best are in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Illinois.  There are lots of great clay suppliers nationwide that probably do a better job of serving customers in states further away.  If you would like help finding a local supplier, please let us know.  We will be happy to assist you.  

Please note that we favor long term relationships with our customers over one-time transactions on our website based on a random google search result.  We are not Amazon and don't want to be.  We're a bit old-fashioned I guess...but with a website.  

This is a 40 year old family business, now being run by the second generation.  We generally run on a staff of 10 or less, and we all work really hard.    All employees here are treated like family...we DO also think of our customers as family, but that does mean if you are "tormenting" one of our "little brothers or sisters", we'll "ground" you.  

And if you're *really* naughty, you might get a policy named after you.  So just be nice, ok?  You be nice to us, and we'll do our best for you!  That's a promise.