Barbara Yvonne's Profile

About

Welcome to our garden. Please come in and read our rocks! Our inspirational garden stones are inscribed with thoughtful quotes and sayings. Vintage lettering is deeply impressed into the clay for a effect like carved rock. This clay is unique to my shop. It is patented for it's incredible strength and durability. It is kiln fired to 2100 degrees and is tronger than average brick.
The details of our nature inspired designs show up beautifully.
Made without the use of molds, each is individually formed, designed, impressed, hand tooled and glazed. The piece you receive will be an original work of art.
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I grew up in the countryside near Kalamazoo Michigan. We moved to New York in 1988 so that my husband could work with his family in the field of architectural restoration. Their Terracotta company has developed a unique clay that is renowned for it's durability and frost…

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  • Born on September 16
  • Joined July 24, 2010

Favorite materials

old poetry books and vintage children books, oil paints, journals, wads of clay, baskets of seeds, antiques and auction finds

Shop

Poemstones
Garden Stones, Garden Art, Pet Memorials

About

Welcome to our garden. Please come in and read our rocks! Our inspirational garden stones are inscribed with thoughtful quotes and sayings. Vintage lettering is deeply impressed into the clay for a effect like carved rock. This clay is unique to my shop. It is patented for it's incredible strength and durability. It is kiln fired to 2100 degrees and is tronger than average brick.
The details of our nature inspired designs show up beautifully.
Made without the use of molds, each is individually formed, designed, impressed, hand tooled and glazed. The piece you receive will be an original work of art.
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I grew up in the countryside near Kalamazoo Michigan. We moved to New York in 1988 so that my husband could work with his family in the field of architectural restoration. Their Terracotta company has developed a unique clay that is renowned for it's durability and frost resistance.
We make Poem Stones with the same clay that is used to create ornate blocks that restore famous architecture to it's original grandeur.

I've been an artist and gardener all my life. My German grandmother's intricate gardens nourished my love of the little things in nature. I've always been philosophic, and have been collecting antique poetry books and inspirational quotes for quite some time.

As I created my own gardens I searched for artistic elements to highlight my plantings; natural sculptures were hard to find, and I could not stand the garden center variety of cheap plastic garden accents! Having studied ceramic in college, and having access to this wonderful clay encouraged me to try my hand at making garden art myself. When I found a wooden Alphabet set at a local antique store, I knew that I had found my niche!

I've participated in dozens of Art Shows over the past twenty years, with our four children helping with the carrying and loading of the rocks and sculptures. As the children grew and left the nest, the Art Show circuit lost it's charm for us, as these are very heavy to haul around!
Thus, I began this Etsy shop in 2010. Now my husband and I work as a team, with me doing the impressions, artwork and paperwork and he does the rock forming and glazing .

I am grateful that my current position offers me a way to make a difference in the lives of others who may be influenced by a saying, strengthened by words, or consoled by a memorial stone that has been custom-made for a beloved pet or family member.

I enjoy making my Poem Stones and garden creatures, but most of all I enjoy connecting with like-minded spirits who believe in kindness and the things that are "unseen."
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I am honored to make memorials for those who have lost a beloved pet.
I am especially moved to fill the requests for memorials for a special person.
Being sentimental, please know that I will make your memorials with thoughtfulness and care.
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Poem Stones may be left outdoors in the landscape through out all seasons.
They are guaranteed frost resistant.
Because of the nature of handmade art, each piece is individual with slight variations.
Most of the stones you see here are in stock unless mentioned otherwise.
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DECORATIONS INCLUDE: Ferns, woodland leaves (maple, oak, aspen, gingko or mulberry) , butterfly, dragonfly, crescent moon, star, angel, sparrow, cardinal, flowers, cat or dog paw prints, hummingbird, flowers, peace sign, peace dove, hearts, or fairies.

~They may be combined any way that you'd like. ~

The main lettering that I use is approx. 1" tall.
I also use a smaller font that is about 3/4".
New in 2017 I have a script style that is about 1 - 1/2 ".

All stones are about 1" thick.
Each is solid and flat on the bottom.
The color is a shade of a neutral ivory/beige.
The glaze is black which has smudged bluish undertones.

Because of the nature of this craft, there will be slight irregularities.

Each stone differs slightly and is an original work of art, made by hand by my husband and me on our hilltop farm in western New York.
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If you see a stone in my "sold" listings that you really like, I can make a similar one if it is not currently offered.

I do all sorts of custom and personalized orders and would be happy to help you with ideas.

Let me know if you need it by a certain date and I will do my best to accommodate you.

Your stone will be mailed UPS Priority Mail, with tracking and insurance.
Being earth-conscious, I use re-cycled packing and/or newsprint.

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