4pawspottery

Unique Hand-Crafted Ceramics for your Furry Friends!

Atlanta, Georgia · 2132 Sales

4pawspottery

Unique Hand-Crafted Ceramics for your Furry Friends!

Atlanta, Georgia 2132 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(507)

Announcement   Welcome to 4 Paws Pottery! We make lead free, and microwave/dishwasher safe ceramic items for pets and pet lovers. We can also personalize our products with names. You can find our full collection of pet ornaments, and our stamp gallery, at our website: www.4pawspottery.com!

CUSTOMER NOTE: We're happy to make custom orders! But, due to current demand, our turnaround time is about 3-4 weeks. (All items that are "in stock" will ship within 1-3 business days.)

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 20, 2017

Welcome to 4 Paws Pottery! We make lead free, and microwave/dishwasher safe ceramic items for pets and pet lovers. We can also personalize our products with names. You can find our full collection of pet ornaments, and our stamp gallery, at our website: www.4pawspottery.com!

CUSTOMER NOTE: We're happy to make custom orders! But, due to current demand, our turnaround time is about 3-4 weeks. (All items that are "in stock" will ship within 1-3 business days.)

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Candice Popp

Rat Terrier - Treat Jar in Berry (Small)
$25.00
Happy Keeshond Bowl - Red (Large)
$35.00
Grey Cat Posing - Curved Plate in Red (Medium)
$20.00
Blue and Tan Ear Bowl with Paws (Extra Large)
$55.00
Black Cat Posing Bowl in Dark Blue (Medium)
$25.00
Pawesome Long Ear Bowl in Red (Medium)
$35.00
Chihuahua (Tiny) Treat Jar - Red (Small)
$25.00
Fat Cat Curved Plate in Red, (Small)
$15.00
Red & Tan Ear Bowl with Paws (Medium)
$35.00
Black Cat Resting Bowl in Red (Small)
$15.00
Tan & Dark Green Ear Bowl with Paws (XL)
$55.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(507)
Anonymous

Anonymous on Mar 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Very well made little bowl and cute design. Has helped to keep my little dog's ears dry. Very quick shipping and great customer service.

heavenbound300

heavenbound300 on Mar 12, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love this bowl. My dachshund's ears stay dry😁and I love the design!

heavenbound300

heavenbound300 on Mar 12, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love these dog bowls! Heavy so they don't move around and I love the design of the dachshund!

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Updates

Carrie, our resident Artisté, striped a bowl for the first time, and now she puts the paw prints on!

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About

Pottery Inspired by Our Love of Pets

HOW IT STARTED
I started making dishes for Tucker, my corgi, when he was a puppy. Soon he had more bowls than a dog could ever possibly use. So, I started giving away pieces to all my friends that had dogs. As I continued making dog bowls I realized that everyone who had a dog had a special connection to them. They wanted to give something to their dogs because of everything their dogs gave to them.

I began experimenting with different glazes, different designs, and different stamps. Friends began asking for pieces with their dog’s name on them. They began asking for certain colors or styles.

I really enjoyed using my pottery to make fun and functional objects, so I started selling my pottery to people who loved their animals as much as I do.

MY TOOLS
1. Kick Wheel - While many potters use an electric wheel for throwing pottery, I use a kick wheel. My assistants like to brag that I'm "old school," and I guess that's true considering kick wheels were used in ancient civilizations! I like the way it's easy to really control my speed, and the action of kicking is quite meditative. The only draw back is my right pottery shoe tends to be shorter than the other because the tread wears away!

2. Slab Roller - This machine is a hand-cranked roller that flattens clay into an even sheet. We use the slab roll to make our ornaments!

3. Pugg Machine - As much as I'd like this machine to make little Pugs (dogs), it doesn't. What it's really used for is mixing new clay to a malleable state and pulling all the air out. Air bubbles are a potters night mare, because air bubbles are one of the biggest causes of pottery cracks, or if you have really bad luck, exploding pottery!

4. Paint Brushes - I use brushes of different sizes, from large sumi brushes to tiny detail brushes. With these I can slather paint onto gigantic treat jars, add trim to ornaments or make the finest of touch ups.

5. Rubber Stamps - So many people ask how I get the images of dogs on my pottery. Well, the secret's out: I use rubber stamps! Most of them I buy online, or customers provide for me to use, but every once in a while we have to make our own! When we have to make our own my assistant Carrie sits down to draw them out. She's created several beautiful designs of hard to find breeds for us!

6. Glazes - All of my glazes are lead free, making them food safe for people and their pets! To apply the stamps we use a stamp pad covered in a thin layer of glaze, but we often have to make corrections. We have a lot of colors, and sometimes it's hard to find the perfect shade. Last year Selene tried her hand at making custom colors, and thanks to her we now have Indigo, Berry, and Cornflower Blue in our color wheel!

7. Kiln - My kiln stands about 5ft (1.524m) tall but it's quite thin. The kiln reaches temperatures of just under 3,000°F (1648°C). It's really cool to peek through a view hole and see all my creations glowing! Getting pottery into the bottom of the kiln is tricky considering I'm so short. Even the tallest of us, Carrie, has a hard time reaching the bottom. So we use a step ladder and kind of balance ourselves on the side. It's a great ab work out! Carrie says she has nightmares about Selene and I falling in, but we haven't yet!

THE PROCESS
My process begins with freshly pugged stoneware clay that I throw into shape on a flat disk called a batt. Using water, my hands, and kicking my wheel I can bend the clay into a bowl, a jar, or even flatten it into a plate or jar lid. Freshly formed pottery is very wet and takes about 2 to 3 days to dry out for trimming.

When ready for trimming I use a cheese wire to cut the piece from the batt, and then it goes back on my wheel. I trim all the excess clay away from the piece to make sure everything looks clean and smooth. We wait about an hour after each piece is trimmed to let it dry out a bit and then it heads for painting!

After painting it dries for a few more days, and when dry it goes to the kiln! The first firing is the bisque which is a 3 day process. Then we do the final glass glaze which takes several hours, followed by loading the kiln for the final firing. This firing also takes 3 days.

It's a long process!

WHY DO YOU DO IT?
I enjoy being creative and watching people smile when they see my pottery. I love to see my dogs enjoy the bowls they use everyday. They really do know which bowl is theirs! I especially enjoyed seeing Tucker come running when I opened his treat jar. The clink of the lid made him come running every time. This tradition continues with my current dogs, and just about every person who uses my pottery for their pets.

So, whether it’s a cute bowl, a personalized treat jar, or just something to store their toys and brushes, our pottery helps us to give back to the animals that do so much for us. Our pets expect so little from people, but do so much for us everyday. This is how I chose to give back for all they do for us.

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  • Candice

    Owner, Pottery Wizard

    I created my company in 2006 with a little corgi as my muse. I've been making beautiful hand thrown bowls, treat jars, and plates for animals ever since. In my spare time I enjoy agility training with my corgis, jamming to music, travel and wine.

  • Selene

    Assistant, Ornament Whisperer

    Assistant Extraordinaire Selene keeps our ornaments in shape. From painting to glazing, Selene is an expert at making ornaments & the creator of our custom Berry, Indigo & Cornflower glazes! Selene enjoys playing The Sims, cooking, Brit TV & reading.

  • Carrie

    Assistant, Painting Ninja

    Assistant Extraordinaire Carrie does a lot painting. An artist by trade, she fixes mess ups, designs new breed stamps, makes marketing materials and paints a lot of paws. Carrie works on her own comic series, crochets and loves watching movies.

  • Earl

    Research & Development

    Earl is a corgi that isn't interested in pottery unless food's involved! His job is to test new products. Recently gave us 2 paws up for our slow feeder bowls! Earl loves playing fetch, wrestling with his brother, eating and agility training.

  • Barron

    Morale Officer

    When the days get long and the pottery machine never seems to end Barron reminds everyone to take a break! He spends time in the studio making sure his workers remember to have a little fun! Barron enjoys belly rubs, chasing squirrels and snuggles.

  • Rufus

    Mover Of Pottery

    Rufus gets us to all our shows; through sleet, snow and mountains. Now matter how much or how little, He takes it all! He can be a drama king with attention grabbing stunts- like a flat tire in the middle of Maryland- but really he's a good van!

Shop policies

Last updated on March 20, 2017
4 Paws Pottery is dedicated to designing pottery that is attractive as well as functional for your furry family members. Your pet’s accessories should be as attractive as the dishes you eat off of every day. Why should they be doomed to eating off of boring dishes? Everything shown on these pages are one-of-a-kind designs. They are inspired by a love of dogs. All of these items are stoneware and are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

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Payment
We accept all major credit cards (Amex, MC, Visa, Discover) along with Paypal payments. Checks made to 4 Paws Pottery will also be accepted. Inquire for address when placing order.
Shipping
All U.S. orders will be shipped via US Postal Service. We use First Class Mail when possible, but most items ship via USPS Priority Mail. Large items may be shipped via UPS. If you have a preference, let me know.

**International shipping is available, at cost, and will likely vary from what is listed on the page for the item. Please inquire for shipping quote prior to placing your order. The customer is responsible for any and all customs and duty fees.
Refunds and Exchanges
Items may be exchanged for same value or credit on another item if not damaged. Exchange requests must be made within 5 days of receipt of your pottery.

Items damaged during shipping are replaced without cost. Proof of damage must be provided via photo or returned via mail.

A more extensive policy regarding Exchanges & Refunds can be found here: http://www.4pawspottery.com/faq/#returns-and-exchanges-faq
Additional policies and FAQs
All items are stoneware and are lead free, and dishwasher and microwave safe. Water bowls may crack outside if water freezes in bowl. All glazes seal items to prevent leaks. However, micro cracks which are not visible may appear in stoneware over time. Items are breakable and will crack if dropped on hard surfaces.

OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We have an extensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on our website. Please view it here: http://www.4pawspottery.com/faq/

CUSTOMIZATION
- Custom orders are welcome as well with designs, colors, and personalization with names. We charge $5-$10 to add a name to any piece we make. There will be an additional charge for customizing one of our pet designs to look more like your pet. All requests cannot be accommodated,

- With the exception of size increases, and the changes mentioned in the above paragraph, all other forms of customization are free of charge. Inquire for more details. (You can see our color choices here: www.4pawspottery.com/colors/)

WHOLESALE OPPORTUNITIES
- 4 Paws Pottery does offer wholesale to stores! We offer a 50% discount to retailers, however, you much purchase $400 at retail prices ($200 at whole sale price) to qualify for discount. Shipping, and shipping materials will be charged at cost.

MEASUREMENTS & APPEARANCE
- We make all of our products in house, by hand; we do not use molds. Due to the handcrafted nature of our work, the dimensions of our products may vary by 1/2 inch (or 1.27 centimeters.)
- We take special efforts to take realistic photos of our products, in natural light. Even so, each piece of pottery may have subtle color variations. Colors may vary depending on your monitor, as well as the batch of glaze used.