MakingClayMemories

Mid Century Mod Cats Birds Cake Toppers Custom Colors

New Mexico, United States · 618 Sales

MakingClayMemories

Mid Century Mod Cats Birds Cake Toppers Custom Colors

New Mexico, United States 618 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(174)

Announcement   Classic and ageless Mid Century Modern retro atomic cats, retro love birds and other ceramic treasures in exciting contemporary colors. *Customize Your Order...Check My Color Chart!* Making Clay Memories with a Mid Century Modern flair.

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Last updated on May 15, 2016

Classic and ageless Mid Century Modern retro atomic cats, retro love birds and other ceramic treasures in exciting contemporary colors. *Customize Your Order...Check My Color Chart!* Making Clay Memories with a Mid Century Modern flair.

Making Clay Memories

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5 out of 5 stars
(174)
angelpilarski

angelpilarski on Aug 24, 2016

4 out of 5 stars

My order was delayed a bit but the seller informed me and apologized. Love the finished product, looks a bit more blue than the aqua sample I ordered but I love them anyway so you may wish to chat with the seller prior to ordering to make sure you're picking the best color for what you want.

Jennifer Larson

Jennifer Larson on Aug 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love my greyhound. It is sophisticated and graceful yet playful. It is the perfect size to be the star on a bookcase. At least that's where mine sits. It makes me smile everything I pass by.

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About

Playing in Mud

I've been playing in mud since the age of two. Nothing has changed :-)

Along the way I did acquire a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in ceramics/painting and still got to play in the mud. How great is that?

ABOUT MID CENTURY MODERN: I have a special fondness and attraction to Mid Century Modern and Vintage Design ceramics! This is the era that I grew up in and I love the unique minimalist geometric and flowing curvilinear shapes. I enjoy using both classic and bright contemporary colors in my ceramics to enhance these beautiful forms.
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~Mosaic Supplies~

Collie My World
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~For All Things Dog~

Sculptural Menagerie
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~Animal Sculptures~


~~~Member of BEST LITTLE SHOPS. A collaboration between a very diverse group of creative Etsy sellers!~~~
~~~Please meet DYLAN, my four-legged studio assistant. He is a handsome tri-color smooth Collie that loves clay too!~~~
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HOW YOUR CERAMIC PURCHASE IS CREATED

-My ceramic pieces are created by casting liquid clay slip into vintage plaster ceramic molds. The water content of the liquid clay slip is slowly absorbed by the mold and once a sufficient amount of moisture has been removed from the casting the ceramic pieces are firm enough to be handled. At this point they are removed from the mold.

-The ceramic casting needs time to dry completely. Once dry, ceramic tools are used to remove all imperfections and to prepare the casting for the first firing. The castings are also sanded to create a very smooth surface. This is entire process is done by hand.

-Once the casting (ceramic piece) has been cleaned up it is fired for the first time to 1940 degrees F. A firing takes 8-9 hours. It can take up to 12 hours for the kiln to cool down once the firing is completed. This is essentially a full two day process.

-After the firing the ceramic piece is ready to be glazed in preparation for the second, or glaze firing. During the glazing process three coats of glaze are brushed on by hand. This can be quite time-consuming, particularly if more than one piece is involved.

-After glazing the ceramic piece is ready at last for the final glaze firing. This firing takes 8-9 hours and reaches 1823 degrees F. It takes another 12 hours to cool the kiln. Again, this is essentially a full two day process.

-Throughout this process the liquid clay is transformed into a beautiful, colorful ceramic piece that will last a lifetime!

-I do have one final step to complete. Each piece is carefully inspected to make sure that there are no glaze imperfections or other issues. Occasionally imperfections can happen for a number of reasons that are out of my control. The purchased clay may have been improperly formulated or inadequately mixed, the glaze may not perform to its maximum potential or the kiln itself may malfunction. Fortunately these challenges are an exception and any defective pieces are discarded.

-Therefore, on occasion I will have to remake a piece or pieces in order to send out the quality product that I demand from myself and that my customers deserve.

-This can add an additional 2 weeks to your order. I simply will not send out a finished ceramic product that I would not personally keep for myself. Please keep this in mind when ordering.

-Almost all of my ceramic orders do ship on time. The Christmas holiday season is a busy one. I encourage buyers to order as early as possible to avoid any shipping delays.

Thank you for reading. I am very passionate about my ceramic creations and the satisfaction of my customers!
Dana
Making Clay Memories

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    Owner, Maker, Designer, Clay And Mixed Media Artist

  • Dylan

    Studio Assistant

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Shop policies

Last updated on August 23, 2016
Welcome to Making Clay Memories where you will find handmade Mid Century Modern retro atomic cats, ceramic love bird cake toppers and other exciting vintage design ceramic treasures in contemporary colors!

Custom orders are my specialty! Most of my ceramic items are created on a Made to Order basis which gives you the opportunity to select your own personal style and colors.

All custom orders require a turnaround time of approximately 4 weeks on average. During very busy times of the year this may be extended to 6 weeks. *If you are ordering for a Special Occasion (wedding, birthday, anniversary, etc.) please order well in advance of the date needed.*

I try to keep a certain number of finished items (ready to ship) available as a convenience for buyers. These items ship in 1-2 days business days.

All ceramic pieces are glazed with non-toxic food safe glazes.

Please read my policies and if you have any questions I will be happy to answer them.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept both credit cards and Paypal payments.
Shipping
SHIPPING TIME FRAMES are approximately 3 - 5 weeks from date of purchase for Made to Order items. Items in stock are shipped within 1-2 business days.

***Weddings and Other Special Occasions*** Please place your order(s) well in advance of the date needed. This will ensure that your item arrives in plenty of time.

Please keep in mind that my ceramic pieces are not mass produced. With the exception of a small number of pre-made items in my shop that are available to ship immediately, my ceramics are made when ordered and completed in the order that payment was received.

Custom orders, top quality ceramics, attention to detail and secure shipping are my specialties! I am responsible for and do everything from casting, cleaning, glazing, firing, keeping supplies in stock, maintenance of my equipment, advertising, photos, editing, listings, corresponding with my customers and last but not least…making sure that your purchase is securely packed and shipped.

I COMBINE SHIPPING FOR MULTIPLE PURCHASES! I will automatically send a REFUND to you if the difference is $2.00 or more than the exact shipping costs.
Refunds and Exchanges
My refund policy is simple. I want you to be happy with your purchase!

If for any reason you are not happy with your order please contact me within 5 days of purchase. You will receive a full refund for the purchase price once the item has been returned to me in the same condition in which you received it. You will be responsible for return shipping costs.

I want you to be completely satisfied with all aspects of your purchase. This has always been my policy.
Additional policies and FAQs
***HOW YOUR CERAMIC PURCHASE IS CREATED!!!***

-Ceramic pieces are created by casting liquid clay slip into a vintage plaster ceramic mold. The water content of the liquid clay slip is slowly absorbed by the mold and once a sufficient amount of moisture has been removed from the casting the ceramic pieces are firm enough to be handled. At this point they are removed from the mold.

-The ceramic casting needs time to dry completely. Once dry, ceramic tools are used to remove all imperfections and to prepare the casting for the first firing. The castings are also sanded to create a very smooth surface. This is entire process is done by hand.

-Once the casting (ceramic piece) has been cleaned up it is fired for the first time to 1940 degrees F. A firing takes 8-9 hours. It can take up to 12 hours for the kiln to cool down once the firing is completed. This is essentially a full two day process.

-After the firing the ceramic piece is ready to be glazed in preparation for the second firing. This is the glaze firing. During the glazing process three coats of glaze are brushed on by hand. This can be quite time-consuming, particularly if more than one piece is involved.

-After glazing the ceramic piece is ready at last for the final glaze firing. This firing takes 8-9 hours and reaches 1823 degrees F. It takes another 12 hours to cool the kiln. Again, this is essentially a full two day process.

-Throughout this process the liquid clay has been transformed into a beautiful, colorful ceramic piece that will last a lifetime!

-I do have one final step to complete. Each piece is carefully inspected to make sure that there are no glaze imperfections or other issues. Occasionally imperfections can happen for a number of reasons that are out of my control. The purchased clay may have been improperly formulated or inadequately mixed, the glaze may not perform to its maximum potential or the kiln itself may malfunction. Fortunately these challenges are an exception and any defective pieces are discarded.

-Therefore, on occasion I will have to remake a piece or pieces in order to send out the quality product that I demand from myself and that my customers deserve.

-This can add an additional 2 weeks to your order. I simply will not send out a finished ceramic product that I would not personally keep for myself. Please keep this in mind when ordering.

-Almost all of my ceramic orders do ship on time. The holiday season is the one exception where orders may run late but they will always arrive in time for December 25th.

Thank you for reading. I am very passionate about my ceramic creations and the satisfaction of my customers!

~Dana
Making Clay Memories