ASmileBuiltIn

A Smile Built In - Original Pottery & Mixed Media

Wilmington, North Carolina | 180 Sales

ASmileBuiltIn

A Smile Built In - Original Pottery & Mixed Media

Wilmington, North Carolina 180 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(45)

Announcement   Welcome to A Smile Built In!!! The holidays are coming! Let us help you send some gifts that carry a smile with them! Smiles are the specialty here!

Here it's all about making the world a brighter, happier place for all of us - one smile at a time!
Light-hearted, handmade pottery and mixed media art is the order of the day! If you're not smiling yet, I hope you will be soon! Wander through the store and find whimsical stoneware animals, happy faces, fun jewelry, unique plates and dishes, as well as other items designed to brighten a day and be useful too! New items are always showing up in the workshop! Thank you for stopping by and please stop again. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my work. A Smile Built In is on Instagram! Follow us here: https://www.instagram.com/asmilebuiltin/

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 17, 2018

Welcome to A Smile Built In!!! The holidays are coming! Let us help you send some gifts that carry a smile with them! Smiles are the specialty here!

Here it's all about making the world a brighter, happier place for all of us - one smile at a time!
Light-hearted, handmade pottery and mixed media art is the order of the day! If you're not smiling yet, I hope you will be soon! Wander through the store and find whimsical stoneware animals, happy faces, fun jewelry, unique plates and dishes, as well as other items designed to brighten a day and be useful too! New items are always showing up in the workshop! Thank you for stopping by and please stop again. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my work. A Smile Built In is on Instagram! Follow us here: https://www.instagram.com/asmilebuiltin/

Betsy J. Parker

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Updates

August SPECIAL!! 10% off any listing. Enter SUMMER FUN at checkout.
The chicken bell is available again!!
A happy bunny bell has joined the other animal bells in the shop! It's a party!!
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About

It's All About the Happy!

I HAVE to make things…. It’s somehow in my DNA or it’s a color in my soul…. Not sure where it lives in me, but it is insistent!! My earliest childhood memories include one form of creating or another. As a child, I told everyone I was going to be an artist when I grew up.
I took art all through high school and started college as an art major. That’s where the crash happened! I knew the only way at that time (yes, I AM that old!!) to make a living at art was commercial art. I didn’t think I had the chutzpah for that and besides, I really didn’t think I had that kind of talent. So I got a degree in Sociology and became a social worker. I kept my hand in over the years, and when our son was born, I began doing juried art/craft shows to help the family while I stayed home with him. As the years went on, I continued to do shows, to do work for shops, to have work in galleries. I also continued to study and learn and grow.
Fast forward to now…. I’m older, I’ve watched our world get closer in communication, but further apart in relationships. We’re aware of too much of the negative, and often in need of more lightness, more that reminds us the world isn’t totally bleak. Too many folks sad, alone, many quietly in pain, some exploding in anger from that pain.
I can’t fix it. I feel it, but I can’t fix it. But I can - with the lightness of the images I choose to make, with my sharing of the joy and beauty I see in life - I CAN share some of that light with anyone who sees what I make. If seeing it or choosing to live with a piece of it helps, brightens the day, causes a smile, eases a black mood - then the work has done its job and so have I.

I hope you enjoy wandering through my shop and I also hope you have to giggle here and there. I'm happy to answer questions. Do stop in from time to time and see what new happy things have shown up in the clay! Thanks so much for visiting!


All my items are my own original designs. Copyright protection covers all designs and photographs.

Shop members

  • Betsy J. Parker

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I grew up making things and loving animals - all kinds of animals. No surprise they would appear on a regular basis in my art. Originally from southeastern Ohio, I migrated to N.J. and now happily live with my family in coastal NC.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 2, 2016
Thanks for visiting my shop! I like my customers to be happy with the work they choose to buy. If you have a problem, a question, a comment , please don't hesitate to be in touch.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
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  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Returns must be made within 30 days of purchase. Return postage is buyer's responsibility. If an item is damaged in shipping, please photograph the item AND the packaging to be used in making a claim. Notify me of any problems and we'll get them resolved.
Payment
I offer both direct checkout and paypal for payments. Returns must be made within 30 days from date of purchase.
Shipping
Shipping will normally be within 2 business days from time of order. Packages will be shipped using USPS shipping. Priority mail is the main, and most reasonably-priced, option for anything over 13 oz. Small items will be sent in bubble-wrap lined envelopes. I prefer shipping with tracking availability. If you have a shipping preference, please contact me prior to purchase. US shipping prices are estimates. You are welcome to contact me with your zip code prior to purchase so the price can be adjusted for your zipcode.

Please make sure your paypal address and etsy address are the same.

Privacy is important to us. Your contact information will be used ONLY to ship purchases to you and to communicate with you should the need arise.

International customers are responsible for any customs charges. If you have time deadlines, please order EARLY - we have no control over timeliness once a package leaves our hands.
Additional policies and FAQs
I'm happy to be in touch with customers about any issues regarding the work or its getting safely to them. Also, if you've chosen something as a gift to be directly shipped to that person and would like a special note included with your item, please convo me so I can personalize the note for you. Don't hesitate to contact me, I'm always happy to work with you.