Functional and decorative ceramics by Betsy Gram

Ithaca, New York

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Last updated on Apr 26, 2021

My shop will be closed until further notice. Please contact me directly for inquiries and availability: betsybee1 [!at]

Betsy Gram

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Betsy Gram


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About BetsyGramStudios

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I was lucky enough to discover my love of clay while I was in High School, where my art teacher (and parents) supported and encouraged that love. During college, I studied ceramics at Penn State Univeristy. After receiving my BFA in ceramics in 1999, I moved across the country to Portland, Oregon. Since then, I have worked with clay in varying degrees and in various situations, coming and going and returning again, never able or willing to stay away for too long. My most recent return to clay occurred after the birth of my son in 2012 as an attempt to work from home, and with the encouragement of my husband to follow my passions.

My ceramic work is both wheelthrown and handbuilt, made of mid-range stoneware and fired in oxidation. This work is fully functional, and yet I love to bring an element of the decorative to my pieces through their handpainted surfaces. This underglaze decoration is applied freehand, without stencils or decals, and is thus a timely (yet enjoyable) endeavor. My hope is that as my pieces are used in everyday home life, that they will add an element of beauty and stillness to their users lives.

I find much of my inspiration from the natural world and my husband's gardens, from the playfulness and joy of my son, and from textile arts from around the world (including India, Turkey, Japan, Africa, as well as those from the Amish and Dutch communities from my home state of Pennsylvania.) Recently, I have also been considering the quilting traditions in my own family. The slow-food and the farm-to-table (or farm-to-plate as I like to call it) movements are also beginning to influence the direction my work is taking. I believe that eating non-industrialized food off of non-industrialized tableware elevates the ideals of the farm-to-table movement of slowing down to appreciate quality, bringing people together in community, engaging the senses, and more. I hope that someday my work can help do these things as well, whether it be at special farm events or in the homes of people sharing a simple meal together.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 26, 2017
Welcome to Betsy Gram Studios on Etsy! Thank you for your interest in my work. Please read the information below before making a purchase to be clear about my policies and shipping guidelines. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask via the "Conversation" link.

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Returns and exchanges
In the event that your order becomes lost or damaged in transit to you, I will gladly discuss with you how to resolve the problem. Please notify me immediately with pictures of the damaged items. Potential solutions include: refunding you for lost or damaged items, giving you store credit for lost or damaged items, or remaking the lost or damaged items for you. (please note that when I remake items, it may take several weeks before you receive the new item, due to the ceramic process and my limited studio time.)

If you are otherwise not satisfied with your purchase, please let me know within 5 days of receipt of your package. You will be responsible for the safe return of the item(s) as well as return shipping costs. I will be happy to issue you a refund or give you a store credit upon receipt of your returned item.
I accept payments through PayPal, Etsy Direct Checkout, and Etsy Giftcard.

If for some reason you need to cancel an order, I will grant you a full refund or store credit if you cancel your order before it has been shipped. I ship orders within 1-3 business days after orders have been placed. Thus, I need to know of cancelled orders ASAP after your order has been placed.
Once an item has been purchased from my shop, I will ship it out via USPS within 1-3 business days from date of purchase. I will send you a message to let you know when your package has been shipped and when to expect it to arrive. I will include tracking information in this email. Packages will be sent with the least expensive option, to save costs for you, and with delivery confirmation.

If you need to receive your package by a certain date, please make a note of that at the time of purchase. If I am able to have your package sent to you by that date, I will do so, and will charge you any extra fees that make that possible.

Please note that all shipping prices are calculated based on shipping from the east coast to the west coast via USPS. If you live in a region other than the west coast, your shipping costs may be less than quoted. In the event that the shipping costs for your order are less than what you were charged, I will issue a refund to your credit card or PayPal account for the difference.

I use sturdy cardboard, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and packing tape for all packages. I re-use clean packaging materials whenever possible, because packing materials are expensive to buy new and because I try to maintain a eco-conscious business model.

I do not have shipping prices listed for international purchases. If you are living outside of the United States and wish to make a purchase, I would love to work with you. Please message me your shipping address as well as details of the item you are interested in, and I will give you a shipping quote. You can then let me know if you would like to move forward with the order. Please note that international orders may be charged an additional import tax that you will be responsible for.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are interested in placing a custom order, such as a set of dishes that matches something in my shop or something similar to what I have previously sold in my shop, I would love to work something out with you. Feel free to contact me to discuss your idea, and we can see if it is doable! Please note that custom orders can take me several weeks, if not months, to fill due to the nature of the ceramics process as well as my already busy and limited studio time.

If you are interested in sending your purchase as a gift to someone, please let me know at the time of your order and I will be happy to do this for you. I will include in the gift package a note stating who the gift is from and any other information you would like me to convey. I will not include a receipt in gift packages.

Unfortunately, ceramics are fragile in their inherent nature. My work is intended for use, yet they may develop small chips or cracks with regular use over time. Once an item is in your possession, I ask that you use extreme care in your handling of it to ensure a long life. Wash it with care, stack it with other dishes with care, place it in the sink and dishwasher with care, keep it out of reach of small children, and use it with care. I am not responsible for breakage, damage or loss of items after you have received them. Additionally, my maximum liability to you is the amount you paid for the item(s).

I reserve the right to update my policies at any time.