They're pretty, but can I use them?
Pretty and functional. All of my work is food-safe, water-tight, and just as durable as it is elegant. I do consider beauty a function, and my desire is to bring functional elegance into our fast-paced lives.
My work is both elegant AND intended for your use and enjoyment. While very durable, microwavable, and dishwasher safe, handmade pottery can need (and happily, deserves) a little more love to prolong its life than contemporary manufactured ware: Because of the abrasive nature of dishwashing detergent, which could eventually dull the surface over time, hand-washing is not necessary, but recommended. Do not pour boiling, stovetop water directly into handmade ware. “Pre-warming” your cup by swirling warm/hot tap water prior to pouring your fave hot beverage is recommended.
Please keep in mind that while handmade pottery is quite durable, it is still ceramic and can be damaged if dropped or knocked about. Often, flaws created during impact will not be detectable immediately. Impact flaws can develop into a crack or break with use over time.
I cannot replace ware damaged from use.
I am a new customer, do you have prior customer feedback?
Yes. Please check out the wonderful comments by my past customers right here.
Where can I see and purchase your work in person?
I have two studio sales a year at my studio here in north central Massachusetts (Templeton). I also have work at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA, and regularly participate in shows and events around the U.S. Sign up for my newsletter for dates and details about upcoming events.
Do you do commissions?
I don't usually take on commissions, but do take 'requests.' If you see something in my shop but would like it in a different color in my current palette; would like something not currently available that I've sold in the recent past; or would like multiples in some variation, please email me so I can consider your request and explain the payment process. Please note, it can take from 1-3 months to complete depending on my schedule, and requires a deposit. These items cannot be returned.
A note on Color & Dimensions, and the Nature of Clay
The item pictured is the exact pot available for purchase. I do my best to take photos portraying the actual color and quality of each item, as well as list the approximate dimensions (within ¼ - ½”). Please take the time to read the dimensions before purchasing, and drop me an email if you still have questions. Note, computer screens can alter the colors slightly.
Each item is top quality, unique, and individually handmade by me from an organic material, so sizes will vary slightly, and every so often there are tiny iron beauty marks and/or pinholes in the clay or glaze.
Where can I learn more about your process, influences, and experience as an artist?
Please visit my website/ blog where I have more information on all of the above as well as my upcoming exhibition and workshop schedule, full resume, and video.