DandelionPottery

Handmade Functional Pottery by Meredith Soto

Oreland, Pennsylvania
| 8,896 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner 11/23/22 Sorry to put my shop on vacation without much warning. I am an elementary art teacher now (after 10 years of nearly full-time pottery). I was able to balance both Etsy and teaching for the past few months, but now I'm feeling exhausted and realized I can't do it all! So, I'm taking a break from Etsy for a while.

I plan to reopen my Etsy Shop again, but not before Christmas.

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to find the exact date I'll reopen. @dandelionpottery

Thanks for stopping by!
Meredith

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Nov 23, 2022

11/23/22 Sorry to put my shop on vacation without much warning. I am an elementary art teacher now (after 10 years of nearly full-time pottery). I was able to balance both Etsy and teaching for the past few months, but now I'm feeling exhausted and realized I can't do it all! So, I'm taking a break from Etsy for a while.

I plan to reopen my Etsy Shop again, but not before Christmas.

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to find the exact date I'll reopen. @dandelionpottery

Thanks for stopping by!
Meredith

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About DandelionPottery

Sales 8,896
On Etsy since 2012

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How I Got My Hands Messy

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One night in December of 2011, I casually said to my husband, “What do you think of me quitting my job?” He immediately replied “I was thinking the same thing.” So, after a mere 10 days of prayer, thought and some loose financial calculations, I wrote a quick resignation email to the Personnel Director at my “hard-to-get-a-job-in” school district in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. After 9 ½ years of teaching art (mostly elementary) I decided to stay home with my two little boys, start teaching Sunday School and..... make pottery! While a full time teacher I was frustrated that I couldn’t find time to for my own artwork (unless you count my amazing tissue paper butterflies, paper mache masks and watercolor-over-crayon masterpieces). I used my last precious paycheck to buy a small kiln. I had already purchased my own wheel a few years back while in Graduate School at Tyler School of Art, earning a master’s degree in Art Education. Our basement was now my studio! My goal was to spend about 1 day a week making pottery and eventually try to sell a bit of it here, on Etsy.

I opened my itty bitty business, Dandelion Pottery, in late April, 2012. I made my first sale on my birthday in early May to a total stranger. Since then the sales have been coming in at about the same pace as I am able to get the work done. I haven’t worn my “teacher clothes” in months, have short ugly fingernails nails, rarely wear my wedding ring (sorry Pete!), and we have a faint trail of clay footprints in varying sizes all through our house. I am one happy Mommy.

UPDATE: Now, in 2022, I am back teaching elementary art in the same district I left in 2012. I am loving this new change but have very little time for pottery. I'll post whatever I can here. I am so grateful for everyone who has supported my business over the past 10 years and have made it financially possible for me to be working from home while spending more time with my family.

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  • Meredith Soto

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Before starting my own business, I was an elementary art teacher for about 10 years. I decided to resign and stay home with my boys and make a pottery. Now, after 10 years of pottery, I'm heading BACK into the classroom!

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Last updated on May 18, 2022
Welcome to Dandelion Pottery! My name is Meredith Soto. My wares are intended to bring even more joy and beauty into your home through their everyday use.

I make all my pottery in my basement studio in Oreland, PA (just outside of Philly). I fire the pieces in my electric kiln to cone six. Everything is dishwasher and microwave safe. I only use glazes that have been tested to be food safe.

I will work hard to ensure that your purchase goes as smoothly and quickly as possible. I'd love to get your feedback. Thank you for stopping by my shop! Meredith

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I strive to ensure a timely delivery for your items. However, I am not responsible for USPS delays, even when you have paid for an upgrade in shipping. In late 2020/early 2021, the USPS has been having unusual slow-downs. Typically items arrive on time, however, sometimes a package will take longer than normal.

I use new or sturdy used boxes and use recyclable paper or used packaging materials (peanuts, air packs, etc). I use bubble wrap for some items. When I package my pottery I imagine it being dropped, stepped on and trampled during its journey. I package it to survive! Also, I allow my rambunctious boys to carry packages into the Post Office with me... so yes, it's packaged well!!