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Amanda on Oct 3, 20215 out of 5 stars
So very beautiful and very worth the wait. I'm particularly impressed with the careful packaging which ensured my lovely ceramic utensil holder crossed the US safely. Thank you!
Mary on Jul 31, 20215 out of 5 stars
Beautiful pottery crock. Exactly as pictured. The colors are amazing. It makes a perfect kitchen utensil holder. The attention to detail is exceptional. Highly recommend. Very detailed packaging and shipping method. Will be purchasing more for gifts. Thank you for all the hard work you put into this beautiful crock.
Christophe*Serokos on Jul 28, 20215 out of 5 stars
The glaze did not quite match the picture but it is pretty. I’m happy I bought it.
rtnoh730 on Dec 1, 20214 out of 5 stars
Incredible artistry for our table!
Susan on Nov 28, 20215 out of 5 stars
I just returned home from a Thanksgiving trip and had my great package. Very pleased. Looking forward to receiving my set of dishes.
shannon anderson on Nov 25, 20215 out of 5 stars
These dishes are amazing! Exactly as described. Well worth the wait.
Margaret on Nov 24, 20215 out of 5 stars
The item is nice and thick…the right size I had been looking for. It was as described, and my expectations were met.
cathielang on Nov 22, 20215 out of 5 stars
WOW!! These are so beautiful I am kind of regretting that I am giving them as gifts! Thanks for adding the copper - it really takes the already beautiful pieces to a whole new level.
Where it all began and how it became Dragonfly Pottery...
I got my hands in the mud for the first time at a Smoky Mountain pottery studio in Gatlinburg. For a short time, they offered a make it and take it hands on experience and I couldn’t wait to try it! With hand over hand assistance, my kids and I created something resembling bowls… I was hooked.
But, as it often does, life got busy and it was a move and a few years later before I played in the mud again. My teen daughter and I signed up for an open wheel night at a studio in Cincinnati (www.queencityclay.com), we had a blast! We followed that with an eight week beginner’s class, and started creating some very primitive, but functional pottery… it wasn’t pretty, and it weighed a ton… and life got in the way again. With the studio an hour away from our home, it was a year before we took another class, and then another 6 months later…
I have owned my own gift shop since 2000, and being in a rather remote area, I depended heavily on internet sales. It was great for a while, but has become impossible to compete with the internet giants. So, it was time to start thinking about other options. In 2013-14, my daughter went off to college, I got divorced, I lost my dad to cancer, my heart was broken and I was lost. Pottery became my therapy… and my answer.
In 2015, I added a studio space to my store and Dragonfly Pottery was born. You can visit the store in Metamora, Indiana from May-Dec and may even catch me throwing or glazing…
What Pottery has taught me about life…
Pottery and life have quite a few things in common I’ve learned over the past few years. The wheel has been my therapist as I transition from what I thought my life should be into what my life will be. I’ve learned to push a little harder and I’ve learned to let go… and I’ve needed lots of therapy to learn when to do which.
1. Find your center. Everything begins with centering. It doesn’t matter how much effort you put into something, if it’s not centered, it will never be balanced. I found my center on my potter’s wheel. It is my place to forget about everything around me, it is my place to reflect, and it is my place to get lost in the process.
2. Life is a process. Pottery is a process. There are lessons that must be learned. You can’t create a beautiful piece of pottery without first getting dirty and making lots of mistakes. I am learning to worry less about the destination, and enjoy the journey. There are times I have started with an image in mind only to end up with something completely different… and perhaps even more beautiful. Someday I will be able to do what I want to do and create what I want to create, but for now I will enjoy the process. Because even small steps are steps in the right direction.
3. There is beauty in imperfection. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. I have had customers rave over glazes that I thought were hideous, and leave my favorite piece untouched for months. Pottery is a work of heart, and a handmade piece just feels warmer and more comforting than anything mass produced… even when it’s not perfect. Or perhaps BECAUSE it’s not perfect. When I am feeling less than stellar, I remind myself that in the eyes of those that matter, I am enough.
4. Shit happens… know when to let it go. Like life, there are some mistakes in pottery that with enough patience can be fixed. Push a little harder, keep a steady hand, and hope for the best. But sometimes, you can work on a piece too hard and find that all your efforts have in fact weakened the piece beyond repair, and you just have to let it go and start over. It is a fine line, there are days when everything is golden, and there are days when nothing works out… you just let it go and start again tomorrow.
5. Like clay, your life is yours to shape. It may not always go as planned, but you might just end up with something beautiful.
Why a Dragonfly?
The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change, strength and courage... I discovered my love for pottery during a difficult time in my life and it is helping me to find my place in this ever changing world. Every piece I create has a dragonfly as part of my signature or stamped on the handle of a mug. I hope that when you see it, it reminds you to follow YOUR dreams!
Thank you for being part of my journey!
All of my pieces are one of a kind and handmade by me. My glazes are all LEAD FREE and FOOD SAFE. They are durable and dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, unless otherwise stated. It is best to hand wash pieces that have large areas that are left unglazed. When baking stoneware, please be sure to place in cold oven and allow to warm to temperature... never place stoneware in a preheated oven. To avoid thermal shock (and breaking) do not cook frozen item directly on pottery. Heat and cool your pottery slowly.
Accepted payment methods
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
I don't accept returns or cancellations
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
- Custom or personalized orders
Returns and exchange details
I package my items very carefully, but occasionally accidents happen. If your item arrives broken, please notify me within 3 days. You will need to submit photos of the item and the packaging material so that an insurance claim can be filed. Items can not be replaced until photos are received. You do not need to return broken items.
If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase please contact me within 3 DAYS of the receipt of your purchase.
You have 10 days to return your merchandise. Returned items must be in their original packaging and in new and unused condition. Once your return merchandise is received, your refund minus a 15% restocking fee on merchandise will be issued as a store credit. The customer is responsible for any return shipping fees and the original shipping fees will not be refunded.
Personalized items cannot be returned.
Refunds will be issued as store credit.
Cancellations will be accepted within 3 days of order. After 3 days, cancellation refunds will be issued as a store credit.
Please note the expected shipping time before you place your order. All items are made to order.
You can also pay with your credit card at PayPal even if you DON'T have a PayPal account.
Orders shipped to an address in IN will be charged 7.5% Sales Tax. ETSY will automatically calculate and charge the tax.
On Heavier/Bulkier Items we may ship by UPS. We will always ship by the quickest means to avoid extra handling/transit time unless you request a specific method (Additional Fee).
Insurance is not generally included in these options, although limited insurance is included on US Domestic Priority Mail shipments ($50).
To purchase additional insurance please notify us in “Notes to Seller” and we will bill you separately. Items shipped without insurance or to an incorrect address are the responsibility of the buyer.
If your Etsy address does not match your Pay pal address, Items will be shipped to your Etsy address.
We can ship your item to a different address and include a gift card at no additional cost. Let us know in the “Message to Seller” during checkout, or through the Etsy Convo system by pressing "Contact seller" under any of the listings, previous to payment. Tell us the name of the gift recipient and if you wish a short message on the gift card. No refunds or credits will be given for items lost due to incorrect mailing address, or for mistakes on the greeting.
All photos shown in our shop are stock photographs, so the item you receive will vary slightly from the photo. I am not a production potter. Each piece is hand made and there will be slight shape, size, and glaze variations even within dinnerware sets. Items may contain slight imperfections... but that is the charm of handmade dinnerware.
----PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE ORDERING!!
All items will be MADE TO ORDER it may take me 6-10 weeks to make and ship. Please contact me for current production time.
Orders containing large dinner plates may take longer as kiln space limits the number that can be fired at one time.
Please MAKE SURE YOU READ THE LISTING AND SHIPPING SCHEDULE before placing your order, and let us know of any deadlines you may have.
Additional policies and FAQs
Create a registry through Etsy by visiting https://help.etsy.com/hc/en-us/articles/115015521428-Gift-Registry
Information I Collect
To fulfill your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of pottery, for example), if you contact me directly.
Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It
I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
-as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfill your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
-when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
-if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
-Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
-Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.
If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:
-Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
-Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
-Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
-Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.
How to Contact Me
For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Shari Bartish, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at sharid [!at] dragonflypottery.com. Alternately, you may mail me at:
Shari Bartish PO Box 68, Metamora, IN 47030
Frequently asked questions
Dragonfly Pottery is food safe. I use commercial clay and glazes that have been strictly tested.
Pottery is durable, but avoid sudden temperature changes. - hot to cold or cold to hot. Thermal shock will cause pottery to crack/break.
Do not put pottery in a preheated oven. Pottery must be heated WITH the oven to avoid thermal shock. Do not heat frozen items on pottery. Do not place hot pottery on a cold surface or submerge in water.
Do not use pottery on stove top.
Pottery is microwave safe. Do not use for prolonged microwave cooking. Do not microwave frozen meals on your pottery.
Pottery is dishwasher safe. Hand washing is recommended. Allow pottery to cool in dishwasher. Do not put cold food or drink in hot dishes.