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Butterfly Kilns

Idaho City, Idaho · 246 Sales


Butterfly Kilns

Idaho City, Idaho 246 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Shop owner

Carolyn T


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Last updated on Nov 28, 2016

Welcome! Unique colorful ceramics ~ a perfect gift for the items coming soon! ~ Follow me on Instagram for updates:

Carolyn T

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Carolyn T


NEW Listing! Sunflower Butter Dish-- so warm and cheerful as a centerpiece too! sunflowersunflower

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Just listed--New Christmas christmas_tree bowls and plates!

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The shop has reopened! My Harvest Moon Owl Mugs are back, too blush
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Hi, welcome to my Etsy shop, Butterflykilns!

I live in beautiful Idaho along with my wonderful family and menagerie of pets!

I design hand painted functional ceramics for your everyday life. When inspiration hits me, I make a run to my garage studio; It's a absolute chaotic mess, but I don't mind a bit as I love what I do :) All of my items are hand-painted with love and detail and are ready to be shipped quickly to you! All of my pieces are created in a smoke-free environment. No waiting for something to be made here......:)

I am a former art teacher and adjunct art professor and I have taught MANY different mediums such as painting, watercolor, graphic design and ceramics. But by far, my favorite is ceramics. Graphic Design is my second love.
In addition to several different medias studied in college and grad school, I took a course in ceramics and I was immediately hooked!

My design inspiration comes from many travels throughout the world (US, Europe, Mexico) and I loved experiencing different cultures and colorful works of art too. I admired the colorful pottery and ceramics that I saw in Italy, Greece and Mexico.

Color plays such an important role in our everyday lives. Color fuels emotions and behaviors; colors can make us feel happy or sad… they can make us feel hungry or relaxed. Contrasting colors are especially important in that it makes objects "pop" or create a focal point. For example, if your kitchen is a neutral color, having bright colored objects (such as orange or red) along the countertop breathes more life into a room, and creates a focal point and conversation piece, too! Contrast simply helps us distinguish objects from each other.

I see each ceramic piece as a canvas in progress....the bright designs are just waiting to be discovered!

I use very bright colors for my designs. For some of my intricate pieces, I design my own stencils on graphics software and use them as a masking technique for glazing. The patterns and contrasting colors really make each ceramic piece unique. I'm fascinated with patterns in nature as well as the abstract. Patterns are a form of repetition and create symmetry, consistency and peace within also creates a sense of balance and proportion. :)

My work has been showcased in several blogs:

... as well as in Creating Vintage Charm Magazine:

Butterfly Kilns is a name we came up with on a whim, as my little one adores butterflies. She is a bundle of energy, so my pottery hopefully will bring that joy and energy to your life, too!


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  • Carolyn T


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Last updated on October 17, 2016
Welcome to my Etsy Shop! Thanks so much for stopping by!

I love creating my own whimsical graphics (nature, abstract, animals, etc); my own designs are handpainted using different techniques to make each piece uniquely yours. I use very BRIGHT contrasting colors in my work. Color is an important aspect of our lives; it influences our actions and everyday emotions.

My goal is to create fun and functional ceramics for your everyday use. This is my hobby that I enjoy, so new pieces will be posted when I can get the time to make more!

Each piece is carefully designed and handpainted. Please note that there may be slight imperfections due to the hand-painting process, but that's what makes it each piece unique!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
I accept PayPal , Direct Checkout and USPO money orders ONLY.

Money orders must clear before I can ship the item to you. Please submit your MO within 3-5 days of purchase.

You do not need a PayPal Account to pay for your items through PayPal.

You can choose the PayPal Option during checkout. After you submit your order click the “Pay Now” button. Scroll Down and you will see the option to pay with a Credit or Debit Card WITHOUT having to sign up for a PayPal account.”

PayPal purchases are upon payment verification and to the address you provide on the next business day.

Items purchased with an echeck through PayPal will ship once payment is received.

For buyers who wish to pay with a credit card without a PayPal account: At checkout click on the PayPal icon and you will be redirected to PayPal, click the “I do not have a PayPal account” and follow the instructions (you will not be required to create an account to complete a purchase).

New to Etsy? Here's a helpful guide to making your first purchase:

If for any reason the address seems misspelled or confusing in some way, I will email convo you to request clarification and wait to ship your order upon confirmation of the address provided.
All orders are shipped through USPS Priority Mail.

I use USPS Priority Mail for light shipments and USPS Standard Post for heavier shipments.

Priority mail is usually shipped to you within 1-3 days.

Standard post is usually shipped to you within 7-9 days. depending on your location.

Once payment is received your package will be shipped within 2-3 business days. I will send you a tracking number so that you can track your goodies! Inclement weather may affect your shipping arrival.

All of my pieces are packed with care to ensure safe arrival.

**Sorry, no custom orders at this time.**
Refunds and Exchanges
Please contact me immediately if you have any problem with your purchase within 7 days of receiving it so I can work with you to mutually resolve any issue. I require that you take a photo of your purchase so that I can assess shipping issues, etc.
If you are unhappy with your purchases I accept returns and will issue a full refund (minus shipping costs) once the item is returned. Buyer is responsible for the cost of the return postage.

You may cancel your order at any time prior to shipping for a full refund (minus paypal and etsy incurred fees).

Please also understand that the firing process may cause some slight imperfections in the glazing process.