Connie Johnson on Aug 18, 2016
Love the little hedgehog! So adorable & fun to wear;-)
crowflakes on Aug 16, 2016
I really like how chunky this piece is!
crowflakes on Aug 16, 2016
I love this piece. It will work Ito a fun project!
kristianna7 on Aug 2, 2016
I love that it is a hand made item. It is beautifully crafted xxx
Creating Wearable Art, One Lump of Clay at a Time
I’m a potter. I’m also a jewelry maker.
Somehow the universe decided that I would merge my two favorite mediums together to create what I call "wearable ceramic art."
It started when I rolled out a piece of scrap clay and began doodling some abstract designs into it. I thought, “Now, wouldn’t that be cool hanging on a cord around someone’s neck?” So I made it into a pendant for my sister. A friend saw it, and gushed…”That’s SOOOO cute, you really ought to make more of those!” So I did. I made ceramic pendants for friends...for family, for my art shows, and before you know it, ceramic jewelry and ceramic beads became the cornerstone of my art business. That was ten years ago. Cut to today and I’m still making ceramic jewelry out of clay--and I still LOVE it!
I draw inspiration for my jewelry and pottery from the many places that I travel around the U.S. I feel an especially deep kinship with the southwest, and its desert beauty because it is the land of my heritage. As I was growing up, “la familia” was everything. My beautiful, sweet, and gentle mother, Mercedes, instilled in me an exceedingly strong work ethic, family values and entrepreneurism. She supported me, and championed me, in every single venture I embarked upon. My mother will forever remain my greatest inspiration.
Despite my deeply imbedded roots in the southwest, we eventually landed in Wisconsin where this region has captured my heart with its lush green landscapes, wonderful wildlife, and abundant lakes -- over 15,000 of them as a matter of fact!
Everything in my Etsy shop has been produced by me in my cozy Wisconsin Rivertown studios. My designs are original, and many of my ceramic pendants are made using stamps that I have carved out of plaster, linoleum or wood.
Artgirl56 ceramic jewelry and pottery can also be found at arts & crafts fairs in the Western Wisconsin - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area. Be sure to visit my facebook page for a list of my shows.
Thanks for stopping by!
- Mari (rhymes with "dairy"),
aka Artgirl56 on Etsy
Owner, Designer Manufacturer R&D Sourcing Mktg & Promo, Photographer Editor Customer Service Mgr Shipper
I've been a maker of things for as long as I can remember. Selling my handmade wares began when I was twelve and made my first fringey suede purse. Everyone asked me where I got it. When I told them I made it, they all wanted one. Artgirl56 was born!
Studio Guard Dog
Kelsea bravely guards the Rivertown Studios and chases off the occasional squirrel, deer or badger.
Find Artgirl56 at the following upcoming markets!
Salem Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
Salem Covenant Church, 2655 5th St NW
New Brighton, MN
A great way to kick off your holiday shopping! 100 returning artists on one level with easy handicapped access. Concessions available for purchase. Free parking.
Shepherd of the Lake Holiday Craft Fair
Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church,
Prior Lake, MN
23rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair, over 100 vendors, free admission, door prizes, wonderful food, bake sale
North Branch High School, 38175 Grand Ave
North Branch, MN
High traffic holiday show. Handcrafted at the High School, mix of handcrafted and direct sales at Middle School. $1 admission at the door to raise funds for Scholarship Program. Well organized, well publicized show.
Hudson Holiday Boutique
Hudson High School, 1501 Vine St
8th annual holiday boutique, free admission, 170 crafters from MN and WI, entertainment, concessions and fun!
Minnesota Women's Art Festival
Colin Powell Center, 2924 4th Ave S
The mission of the Women’s Art Festival is to provide a welcoming place for women artists to show and sell their creations and to provide a fun and festive atmosphere for guest to shop, gather and enjoy community. Over 130 women artists are present working in a large variety of media. There is live music by women performers throughout the day and a women-owned coffee shop providing food, beverages and treats. Artists and guests alike comment on the quality of the artistic work, the fun and comfortable atmosphere, the caliber of the music and the wonderful addition of good food, good coffee and the chance to see good friends.
The glazes I use are lead-free, food safe, microwave save, and dishwasher safe, unless otherwise specified in individual listings.
EVERY PIECE IS UNIQUE. Everything I make is handmade piece by piece. Due to the nature of handmade pottery and ceramic jewelry, slight variations will occur. Each glaze batch and each kiln firing create slightly different shape changes and color differences as well. But that is part of the charm of buying something handmade!
CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CERAMIC PIECES:
My functional pottery is made for durability and everyday use. I recommend treating it as any fine china should be treated. Each functional pot can be cleaned in the dishwasher, placed in the microwave, and heated in the oven with care not to place in the oven or microwave direct from cold storage or direct from oven into cold water or refrigerator.
Ceramic jewelry is breakable. I recommend putting on/taking off your ceramic jewelry when you are in a carpeted area. Avoid putting it on/taking it off when you are on concrete, tile or hardwood.
Accepted payment methods
New to Etsy? Learn about the order process by pasting this link in a new browser window: www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php
I will process your order within 3-5 days of your payment being confirmed. After processing your order, shipping times will be contingent upon the shipping method selected.
All of my pieces are packed with great care to ensure their safe arrival. I may use "green" packaging materials through a combination of new and recycled packing materials (e.g., recyclable packing peanuts and newspaper).
JEWELRY purchases will be shipped USPS First Class mail unless specified otherwise in individual listings or other arrangements are made.
POTTERY purchases will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail, FedEx or UPS ground whichever is most economical for the buyer.
Please make sure the address confirmed on your Paypal account is the accurate address before buying. Due to Paypal policies, I can only ship to the address on your Paypal account. If you want the item to be shipped to a different address (work, giftee), please add and select this address in your PayPal account profile when paying and convo me as an FYI.
Shipping cost for each item is shown directly under its listing and includes the cost of package materials. Shipping insurance is included in the shipping and materials cost for all pottery and SOME jewelry. Shipping costs via Etsy are estimates. Shipping costs in my listings are estimates based on weight, and generalized state location. If the actual shipping costs are $1 or more lower than the estimate, I'll refund the difference to your paypal account! If the actual shipping costs are higher than the estimate, I will pay the overage. ♥
NOTE: USA customers in Hawaii and Alaska, please convo me for an ACTUAL Price Quote on shipping prior to purchasing an item from my shop.
SHIPPING DELIVERY TIMES-USA: I ship Monday through Saturday. Domestic First Class shipping should take about 3-5 business days to arrive from the date that it is shipped. Domestic Priority Mail shipping should take about 2-3 business days to arrive from the date that it is shipped.
SHIPPING QUESTIONS? -USA: Feel free to contact me if you have shipping questions prior to submitting your order or if you want to purchase a shipping upgrade to express/expedited shipping, or add on package tracking or insurance for First Class shipments. (Note: package tracking is automatically included by USPS for priority shipping.)
Questions AFTER your item has shipped? Please be sure to include your Etsy user ID, date of purchase, transaction number, and the items purchased in your email.
********** INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: **********
At this time I ship only selected items internationally. Also, because I use Paypal exclusively, I CAN ONLY SHIP TO THOSE COUNTRIES WHERE PAYPAL IS IN PLACE. :-)
CUSTOMS FEES, ETC:
Please note: buyers outside of the USA are responsible to pay their individual country’s Customs fees/duty taxes/ and VAT (Value Added Tax) on their orders.
Please also ensure that the items you wish to purchase from my shop are not prohibited by your custom's service for shipping from the USA into your country by contacting your country's custom's department.
SHIPPING COSTS-INTERNATIONAL: My shipping and materials costs in my listings are estimates based on weight and generalized country location. The actual shipping and handling cost may be slightly different depending on your country's location. If the actual shipping and handling costs are $1 or more lower than my estimate, I will refund the difference to your Paypal account. If the actual shipping costs are higher than the estimate, I will pay the overage. ♥
SHIPPING DELIVERY TIMES-INTERNATIONAL: I ship Monday through Saturday.
I ship international orders from the United States via the United States Postal Service First Class Mail for any item under 14 ounces. Items over 14 ounces must be shipped Priority Mail International per the US Postal Service mandate. For customers outside the U.S. please be aware (as most international shoppers already are) that customs can slow down transport times SIGNIFICANTLY. Delivery times can take anywhere from about 7 days all the way to 21 days--or more, depending on the receiving country's postal service and customs.
If you would like to purchase express/expedited International shipping (FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS Express Mail), please convo me and I will get a quote for you.
The buyer will assume risks for lost or damaged items shipped internationally via the US Postal Services and your country's postal services. As such, you may wish to insure your package. Just let me know and I will invoice you through Paypal for the added insurance. Please Note: Per the US Postal Service, when you purchase insurance it only covers the cost of the package contents--NOT the cost of shipping.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you aren't delighted with your purchase, please contact me within five days of receipt of order and we will come to a solution together!
Additional policies and FAQs
Shop Policies Last Updated 2016