The pottery shop and most of the equipment was built from scrap or second hand materials. The kiln was built by hand and used weed burners as an inexpensive burner solution. Most of their clay came from western North Dakota. The single fired salt glazed process was both affordable and suited to the needs as improvisation was the mode of operation. The men learned how to throw and made their own dinnerware, although some preferred using molds or jiggering.