Handmade Stoneware Pottery

North Carolina, United States · 5107 Sales


Handmade Stoneware Pottery

North Carolina, United States 5107 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Explore my yarn bowls, shaving mugs, shaving scuttles, berry bowls and batter bowls to treasure and to give! Everything you see here is handmade on a pottery wheel by me and is ready to be shipped.

Last updated on May 19, 2016

Explore my yarn bowls, shaving mugs, shaving scuttles, berry bowls and batter bowls to treasure and to give! Everything you see here is handmade on a pottery wheel by me and is ready to be shipped.

Doug Smith

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5 out of 5 stars
Rachel Morrill

Rachel Morrill on Aug 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

My husband absolutely loves it. Strong, sturdy, perfect fit in the hand, love the ridges to create fluffy facial cream. Really great. Thank you!

Melvyn Williams

Melvyn Williams on Aug 27, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Great coloring, exemplary craftsmanship - this scuttle is art you can use. It looks great in my shave den but more, it's an absolute pleasure to use. A close, comfortable warm lather shave is one of the reasons I love wet shaving.

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What a great strawberry season this had been.
Glazed pots ready to be fired. They will fire all night till they reach 2100 degrees and be ready to unload after cooling all day.

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Berry bowls coming to fruition.
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If I love what I do every day how can I call it work?

In my life before discovering clay, I taught science at an elementary school. However, pottery snuck up on me about twenty years ago while I was hanging out in the studio of an old-time folk potter. I found myself fascinated with the whole process of working with clay. Since I have always thought that Monday mornings should be joyfully anticipated, I quit my job and returned to school to study ceramics.

Making pottery appeals to me viscerally. I love the combination of the physical and aesthetic. I love the satisfying blend of beauty and utility. I love the blank canvas of each new ball of clay. I love to sit back at the end of a day spent throwing and admire my pots on the shelves around me. Most of all, I still love going back to work on Monday morning!

I have been a full-time studio potter since the late 1990's. I have sold in galleries and at regional art fairs but I really love connecting with customers online. With so much to choose from, by the time a customer selects one of my pieces they are getting just what they need!

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  • Doug Smith

    Maker, Designer, Owner

    My home studio is in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville. I love being a full-time potter, especially after years of a having a regular job as a teacher. Going to "work" each morning is a gift to myself.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 21, 2016
I craft all my work on a pottery wheel in my one-person studio. I inscribe my signature into the soft clay after I polish the bottom of each piece. I then fire it in a kiln, cover it with overlapping, vivid glazes and fire it again. I mix my own non-toxic, food-safe glazes. A big part of my job satisfaction comes from finding a home for my work with those who also love art disguised as everyday functional pottery. My most-prized comment is "I use your pottery all the time".

My pottery is as durable as something called "stoneware" should be. It can be used in the oven, dishwasher and microwave. Note though that you should put pottery for baking into a cold oven without preheating. Adjust your baking times accordingly. I strive for consistency but each handmade piece is unique so of course there are slight variations in size, shape and color.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
I accept Paypal, payment through Etsy and Etsy giftcards. If you live in North Carolina sales tax will be included.
I usually ship the next business day. I will send you tracking info when I do ship. I use Priority Mail (2-3 days) for most shipments and Parcel Select (2-9 days) for large shipments. If you need faster delivery let me know in "message to seller" when you checkout and I will send you an invoice for the extra cost. If upon receipt there is any problem with your shipment please let me know within 4 days.

INSURANCE: Priority Mail shipments are insured. I double box my pottery and pack it with the Post Office in mind. If your shipment does arrive damaged, as rarely happens, send me a photo so I can submit a claim with the Post Office. I will replace the loss ASAP at no cost to you.

GIFTS: There is no extra charge for gift-wrapping. Enter the recipient's address in "shipping address" as you checkout. For the card, include a note for the recipient and names for you and the recipient in "message to seller". I will not include an invoice.

INTERNATIONAL: I use First Class International Mail so insurance and tracking is not available. Transit times to Canada, Great Britain or Australia, just for example, take anywhere between 6 and 15 days, in my experience. If a shipment exceeds 4 pounds in weight it has to ship by the more costly, International Priority Mail. I will contact you after you place your order if this is the case. Customs, duties and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer. I can not be responsible if a shipment is held up in customs. If your country is not listed as a shipping option let me know and I will see about adding it.
Refunds and Exchanges
My hope is that you will receive years of satisfaction, if not outright joy, from your purchase. But I welcome the opportunity to work with you if you are unhappy with your purchase. You may return anything for a full refund, minus shipping charges, if it is not what you wanted, within 7 days of receipt. Please use the same packing materials.
Additional policies and FAQs
I make every piece by hand on a potter's wheel without forms or molds. I overlap glazes so that they melt and flow in the firing with serendipitous results. I pride myself on consistency in size, shape and glaze color but no two will be exactly alike.

I am not accepting any new wholesale or custom orders.