Karen Fiorino's Profile

About

Welcome to my whimsical world of pottery located in the heart of the Shawnee Forest!
I’ve been creating functional pottery for about 15 years, starting with a few classes in ceramics on the advice of a good friend who informed me, “To take real classes in pottery and use the opportunity of subsidized courses working at the University gave me”. Thus started my journey in clay. I fell in love with the process, bought a wheel, paid off the truck and quit my job to pursue a life of art. Twists and turns of life happen, and it seemed as soon as we had built the studio at the house, I became pregnant. That was 16 years ago. Had to slow down those first couple years, but slowly I have continued creating and perfecting my art, in the beginning using my son’s likes as the basis for my designs. I go to various art fairs to sell my work, and am well received in these markets. — January 2010 marked my beginning opening my shop on Etsy an…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 30
  • Joined January 6, 2010

Favorite materials

clay, maiolica, majolica, acrylic paint, found objects, red earthenware, stoneware

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ClayLickCreekPottery
Majolica Ceramic Bowls Mugs Jars Clay...

About

Welcome to my whimsical world of pottery located in the heart of the Shawnee Forest!
I’ve been creating functional pottery for about 15 years, starting with a few classes in ceramics on the advice of a good friend who informed me, “To take real classes in pottery and use the opportunity of subsidized courses working at the University gave me”. Thus started my journey in clay. I fell in love with the process, bought a wheel, paid off the truck and quit my job to pursue a life of art. Twists and turns of life happen, and it seemed as soon as we had built the studio at the house, I became pregnant. That was 16 years ago. Had to slow down those first couple years, but slowly I have continued creating and perfecting my art, in the beginning using my son’s likes as the basis for my designs. I go to various art fairs to sell my work, and am well received in these markets. — January 2010 marked my beginning opening my shop on Etsy and having the whole world have a peek of my work.


I named my clay studio, Clay Lick Creek Pottery after the name of the creek that flows across the land where I live. When we bought the property, I had yet begun making pottery…seems preordained that I became a potter, don’t you think?
I specialize in functional pottery making serving bowls, mugs and other fun pieces featuring a majolica glaze decorated in brilliant colors over a red earthenware body. Each item is hand formed or hand thrown on a potter’s wheel, trimmed, and allowed to dry for approximately 1 week depending on size, density and air humidity before it is bisque fired. This stage of firing takes 16-18 hours and is then followed by a 24 hour cooling period. The white background is applied using an opaque, lead free Majolica glaze, and then hand painted using a mason stain/ frit combination. The pottery pieces are then fired again for approximately 8 hours, and after another cooling for another 24 hours, the charming wares are ready for the world and all that they may be used for. All of the pieces are food safe, and the smaller bowls and mugs may be used in the microwave for heating times of less than three minutes. To clean, they may be hand washed or placed on the top rack of a dishwasher.


I believe people should have beautiful objects in their homes and use these beautiful objects in their everyday life. Nature inspires me, from the smallest to the largest of creatures-from the colors of geological formations to the colors of the sunrise and sunset. Ideas come to me from my zoological background (did I mention my education experience? I have a B.S. and M.A. in Zoology, specializing in Ichthyology (fish) and I draw a lot of my inspiration from this), a little dream work and images which many may not come to think. Add to that a little bit of humor and what appears is a palette of vibrant, joyful and whimsical designs that come to life on my pottery.


“Oftentimes, I have no idea what my work will look like until I am done, the designs simply develop while I am working on them. My goal for each piece is that when people come in contact with my work, they will experience joy and positive energy. One of my favorite things to hear from people who have my work, is how much they enjoy my pottery, how it makes them happy. If one of my purposes in life is to spread happiness, I believe I am succeeding one person at a time”—Karen

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Proud member of the Etsy Mud Team , the Artisans of Southern Illinois Team, and Homespun Society Team.

If you would like a gift message enclosed with your order, just let me know in the comment line - I'm happy to help!

I will GLADLY ship anywhere - if it's not listed in my shipping, contact me for a quote. Plus, if you are interested in multiples, I will adjust any overcharge on the total shipping rates.
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Recent feedback from my store:

…These mugs were custom made as a gift, in the likeness of our adopted Racing Greyhounds. Clay Lick Creek did incredible job- and it makes my morning coffee a GREAT ode to the day. Karen is great with communication, and creating exactly what you have in mind. These are one- of- a kind Treasured items. I intend to use Clay Lick Creek again and again for special gifts…
…LOVE!! I needed something bright and cheery to help get me through the winter and this mug is perfect! I've admired Karen's artistic talent for a while now and finally have one of her lovely pieces in my collection! Also very, very securely packed and super speedy shipping...
…Enjoying my morning cereal out of one as I write. Sooooo adorable & beautifully created. I'm a potter as well, so I especially appreciate a well made and beautifully crafted piece like Karen makes! I could easily fill my cupboards with a set of these dishes! The bowls are really light weight and well packed…

...I ADORE my sunflower! It's even more fabulous in person -- and the artist is lovely to deal with; terrific service all around. Thank you!
...Super FAST shipping!!! It arrived just in time for Christmas even though I ordered it last minute!! My mother in law says she loves it!! Thanks so much!
...Bought this as a surprise for a friend's birthday and Karen was awesome enough to put in a birthday note and get it out the next day! Not to mention, do an interview for my blog! Thank you so much Karen!
...WOW!!! Super cutie/Delightful seller & site/Tons of gorgeous choices Cat & Furfaces
...For a raccoon collector, this bowl says it all! Love the design & the colors. Customer service was tops with exceptional packaging....
...Absolutely wonderful, fun, happy design. So well made. Smooth, easy, pleasant transaction. Fast shipping. Super seller to work with...
...OMG! This is so cute! I can't wait to give it to my friend, she's going to love it!...
...Karen is amazing. She made 2 bowls that I intended for my kitty, but I liked them so much that I kept them for myself (ice cream bowls). Karen made a personalized bowl for my kitty Stanley. We both love it!...

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