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Hi there! Basics are below - We invite you to read (or carefully skim) through.

♥ A long time ago in a land far, far away, we were an Etsy Featured Seller while we were in Baltimore for a show in February 2008 (22-25). You can find our interview here:
http://www.etsy.com/featured_seller.php?featured_user_id=81916

► WHO ARE WE?

We're a two-person small batch pottery production studio that came to be in the fall of 1999. We began designing & making a line of tableware & accessories with an emphasis on functionality, colour, and fun.

Our specialties lie in the shape design and the decoration - consistent, usable shapes with the liberty to mix and match the ware with regards to design elements and colour…

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  • Joined September 3, 2006

Favorite materials

clay, underglazes, overglazes, paper, pencils, sharpies, plaster, craypas, pastels, watercolours, steel, the drive to secure respect for small local production studios like ours, humour

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About

Hi there! Basics are below - We invite you to read (or carefully skim) through.

♥ A long time ago in a land far, far away, we were an Etsy Featured Seller while we were in Baltimore for a show in February 2008 (22-25). You can find our interview here:
http://www.etsy.com/featured_seller.php?featured_user_id=81916

► WHO ARE WE?

We're a two-person small batch pottery production studio that came to be in the fall of 1999. We began designing & making a line of tableware & accessories with an emphasis on functionality, colour, and fun.

Our specialties lie in the shape design and the decoration - consistent, usable shapes with the liberty to mix and match the ware with regards to design elements and colour.

We hope you find our ware exciting to look at, as well as useful!

We're located in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor on the north side of Chicago (about a mile west of Wrigley Field). Our work is available to the masses primarily through shops here in Chicago and across the US, art/craft festivals, the occasional open studio weekend, and here on Etsy.

► HOW WE DO IT.

★ Please note: All of our porcelain ware is food, dishwasher + microwave safe - We fire our images into the glaze, ensuring that they are indelible - Very different from using a paint marker or pen and using a home oven to adhere (or cure, or heat set) the image to the ware surface.

★ Everything in our shop is made by us, start to finish - Incredible, right?
Well, read on then!

We use a variety of hand & machine processes to make the pieces; you can see stages of some of our work in progress and our machines (some of which we made ourselves) in our Flickr account:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/circaceramics/

All of the functional ware (cups, bowls and plates, art tiles) shown here are made with porcelain clay.

Itty Bitty Cylinders and the Cylinders are made using porcelain slip.

The Pendants, Tabs & Magnets are made using porcelain clay.

The hand painted decorations are done using some commercially made underglazes and some we've formulated ourselves. The decals, made by us, are either screenprinted with a traditional screen or Print Gocco screens and overglazes.

★ All of our prints are FIRED on, not BAKED on, meaning they won't rub off - They are one with the glaze. You can even use a Scotchbrite scrubbie dish sponge, and unless you've got a bionic industrial strength arm, that won't do a darn thing to our ware, except clean it up for you.

Any doubts, please do contact us!


► CONTACTING US.

We can always be contacted via convo here on Etsy or via email: circaceramics [!at] sbcglobal.net

Need to speak to Andy or Nancy? Studio number = 773.404.1655


► SPECIAL ORDERS.

We're happy to take requests! Before contacting us, think about the shape you want, the colour and the design (the imagery). We'll get back to you with the pricing (if there's a change), estimated time of completion, and any other questions we may have.


► SITES TO SEE.

● www.circaceramics.com = Our info/link hub

♥ keep up to date with our news on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/CircaCeramics

● https://instagram.com/circaceramics/
= images of our processes, works in progress and projects, events, etc

● http://www.flickr.com/photos/circaceramics/
= images of our processes, works in progress and projects

♥ peep on us via the Twitter:
http://twitter.com/CircaCeramics



♥ We are members of the following Etsy Street Team:

the OLD TIME ETSY TEAM!
Check out our shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/oldtimeetsy


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