Commissions & FAQ

Commissions should be open within the month.

Size limit: 10″ by 10″
Time Frame: 4-6 weeks to arrive
Cost: Commissions start at a base price of $25, with extra costs added depending on complexity, time, and materials.

FAQ:

I chose “local pick up” at checkout. What happens next?

You’ll need to contact me with your order number and let me know when you plan to pick up your order. Right now pickup times are Wed from 7-9 PM and Sat from 12-3 PM starting 10/3/20. If this doesn’t work for you, just send me a message. You’ll be notified by email that you’re scheduled and the item will be left on my porch for contact free pickup.

If you chose “local pick up” but you need it shipped, you’ll need to PayPal me the shipping before I send it. Right now that is set at $6.50 for US and $10 for outside of US, though that may change in the future, as I get more familiar with the cost of mailing items. Free shipping for orders over $40 in the US. I’m not sure whether I can promise free shipping for orders headed outside the US yet.

What is your return/refund policy?

If your purchase arrives damaged, you’ll need to email me pictures of the damage asap and you’ll be refunded for your whole purchase and shipping.

Why does it take so long?

There are several reasons!

1. I have a full-time job in addition to my ceramics side hustle. While I spend as much time as I can in the studio, there are only so many hours in a day!

2. I work on many projects simultaneously. Each step of the process takes some time.

3. It takes several days for a piece to dry enough to be fired.

4. Running the kiln too often leads to unnecessary wear and tear (and high power bills). I try not to fire anything until I have a full load, and it can take some time until I have enough pieces at the appropriate stage.

General Pottery Timeline

A greenware (unfired) piece often takes multiple days to finish. Once thrown, pieces need several days to dry until they’re leather hard before I can add handles, carve, or paint underglaze on them. Once finished, several more days are needed for the pieces to become dry enough to bisque fire–if the clay retains water, it can explode in the kiln.

Once bisqued, I generally sand pieces for a smooth finish before painting on underglaze and/or glazing. Glazing takes a lot of effort and skill. It is one of the hardest parts of ceramics for me, but one of the most rewarding. Afterwards, pieces require a second, hotter firing before they are complete.

Why do the prices vary so much?

Handmade ceramics are truly one of a kind. It’s nearly impossible to create two pieces that are exactly the same, and some projects require a great deal more time spent throwing and painting than others.

I try to keep prices low so that everyone can enjoy my artwork, but the cost of each piece is more than simply the sum of its parts. I’ve spent endless hours learning and experimenting, as well as invested money in machinery to make these possible. It’s not just clay–at the end of the day, you’re buying a little piece of me.

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