When will you have more pottery available in your online shop?
I offer ready to ship items during Shop Updates, which occur several times a year. I also offer Made to Order items, time permitting. A very limited number of Custom Orders are taken from January to August.
Online Shop Updates feature a variety of ready to ship items from each of my series as well as one of a kind items. Items shown in photos are the exact item you will receive. All pottery is available on a first come, first served basis.
Items sell out quickly, so it's best to get to my online shop as close to the scheduled time as possible (especially during the holiday season).
Expect a shop update in October and early December, 2017. Exact dates will be announced in my newsletter, on Instagram or on this site's home page.
Made to Orderitems are typically offered from January to August. This option is great if you don't mind waiting several months for the exact item(s) you want. Contact me for timing and availability.
Because made to order items are made for you from scratch, they will not be exact replicas of those shown in photos. I do my best to make them match other items in the same series but please expect some variations in glaze color, size and shape.
Custom Ordersare taken when I have enough time to dedicate to a more time-consuming design. Send me a message to see if/when I may be available. The more lead time you give me the better the odds are that I can consider your request.
Any tips when ordering a set?
The best way to order a set is to let me make them all for you at once. This way I can ensure that your cups are as similar as possible in shape and size.
If you decide to order one cup at a time, please understand that I make no guarantees that cups ordered this way will look like a set. I will do my best to make the new cups similar but because I use no molds--each piece is hand made from scratch--your cups probably won't match.
Make sure to mention when ordering that the cup you have ordered is to be part of a set and that you would like it to match your existing cup(s) as much as possible. Include the dimensions of your existing cup(s).
Is your pottery microwave/food/dishwasher safe?
All of my pottery is fired to cone 5 using food safe glazes. I like low maintenance dishes and I use my own pottery daily. I microwave them and clean them in the dishwasher with no problem. If you prefer to hand wash, feel free.
The only exception to this are pieces made with gold luster. These are still food safe but not microwave or dishwasher safe. Gentle hand washing is recommended.
How long does it take to make ceramics?
Each ceramic piece has been through a series of stages from concept to final product.
If it is custom made, there may be sketches drawn out to develop your custom design.
Once I know exactly what you want, your piece is wheel thrown/hand built, decorated and placed on a shelf where it will slowly dry.
After it is completely dry it goes through its first or 'bisque' firing at about 1945 degrees F.
It is removed from the kiln after being allowed to slowly cool. Then it is sanded, glazed and fired once more at approximately 2200 degrees F (cone 5/6). If it has gold accents, a gold luster is applied and then the piece is fired once more.
After cooling completely, your pottery is packaged up for shipping. This entire process takes no less than two to three weeks. The more orders I have, the longer the processing time.
Do you ship outside of the United States?
Yes! I ship worldwide.
What if the cost of shipping ends up being less than estimated?
I will reimburse overages in shipping charges if they exceed $3. Your reimbursement will be issued after I ship your order.
Can you include a gift note?
Absolutely. Let me know that what you have ordered is a gift in the notes section during checkout. I will be happy to include a note from you.
Feel free to go to the Contact page and send me a message with any additional questions. I will respond as soon as possible.