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ElisaBartels is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Thank you to everyone that has supported my artisan business. I will be taking a short break until 9 January 2020. If you need to contact me please send an email to elisabartels [!at] gmail.com.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 19 Dec, 2021

Thank you to everyone that has supported my artisan business. I will be taking a short break until 9 January 2020. If you need to contact me please send an email to elisabartels [!at] gmail.com.

Elisa Bartels

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Elisa Bartels


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

About ElisaBartels

Sales 179
On Etsy since 2012


Elisa Bartels' black fired ceramics centre around the transformational alchemy of firing with sawdust in a closed container. Each piece is wrapped in leaves and then placed in a tin with saw dust and sealed.

During the firing process the pores of the clay open and the smoke of the burning sawdust enters the piece. The leaves on the surface act as a resist. As the work cools the pores close and smoke is trapped in the clay body resulting in a spectrum of finishes from black to grey with imprints of the leaves.

All the pieces are sealed making them food safe and dishwasher friendly. However, they prefer a gentle human touch.

Elisa is propelled to explore the ephemeral cycle of nature. Her black fired ceramics aim to capture and emulate the fleeting moments of beauty in bloom and decay that signifies the transition of seasons and life cycle of plants.

See more of her work at:
IG: @elisabartelsdesigns

Shop members

  • Elisa Bartels

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am based in Sydney, Australia where I design and hand make all my ceramic products. My ceramic career began by studying ceramics at Sydney College of the Arts. There I became fascinated with clay and how it sits perfectly between design and art.

Shop policies

Last updated on 10 May, 2022
Welcome to Elisa Bartels Designs

All my ceramic pieces are small batch and handmade in my studio. My work is a reflection of my love of the natural world and the quixotic nature of clay. I take pride and care in all my work. It is important to me that you are 100% happy with your purchase and it takes pride of place in your home.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Apple Pay Klarna Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
It's important to me that you are entirely happy with your product.
If for some reasons you are not entirely satisfied, please notify me within 3 days of receipt of delivery. You must send it back in it's original packaging and original condition, with any tags. Let me know if you would like a refund or exchange.
Refund will be done through Paypal within 48 hours after I've received the item.
Shipping will not be refunded. You will be invoiced through Paypal for extra shipping of the new item if exchange
Payment through paypal only.
If payment hasn't been made within 24 hours, the transaction will be cancelled.
Each item is carefully packaged to minimise breakage. All packages are sent either by Sendle or Australia Post within Australia and internationally by airmail. I'm happy to send registered or express post at an increased cost.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please contact me for information on wholesale orders.