EarthWaterFireStudio

Products for the fashionable, well-fed hermit crab.

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Announcement    I am attempting to move to more sustainable products in my packaging. Like so many of our current environmental issues, there are dozens of angles to consider and many directly conflict with one another. In situations like that, where every argument has a compelling counter-argument, I try to find the angle or angles that are most important to me and focus on fixing those, because nothing (at this time) is going to give us a 100% solution. At best, semi-sustainable is at least a stepping stone to sustainable--a gateway, one hopes, to change. My biggest issues (related to the long-term health of wild hermit crabs) are plastics on the beach, ingestion of plastics by animals, and the endocrine disruptors that plastics emit as they photodegrade. So I picked a PLA plastic substitute (for now) knowing that it isn't ideal, but at least checks off my biggest concerns as they relate to hermit crabs--PLA may not biodegrade in a landfill, but it WILL biodegrade on a hot, sandy beach, in the ocean, or in a humid, tropical climate where hermit crabs are present. And it won't photodegrade into smaller pieces that are still chemically plastic, ingestible by sea life who mistake it for food, and it doesn't mimic estrogens as it breaks down, a problem which I believe is going to become a HUGE issue for all species going forward. It's already been documented as causing major genetic problems in aquatic systems, particularly amphibians. And issues that plague amphibians (plenty disturbing enough) often portend issues that will eventually affect the rest of us. While my efforts are not perfect, I do them now with the hope that an attempt to shift away from single-use plastics will drive companies and corporations to continue to develop better and more sustainable substitutes. Thank you for supporting my efforts.

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Last updated on Feb 20, 2020

I am attempting to move to more sustainable products in my packaging. Like so many of our current environmental issues, there are dozens of angles to consider and many directly conflict with one another. In situations like that, where every argument has a compelling counter-argument, I try to find the angle or angles that are most important to me and focus on fixing those, because nothing (at this time) is going to give us a 100% solution. At best, semi-sustainable is at least a stepping stone to sustainable--a gateway, one hopes, to change. My biggest issues (related to the long-term health of wild hermit crabs) are plastics on the beach, ingestion of plastics by animals, and the endocrine disruptors that plastics emit as they photodegrade. So I picked a PLA plastic substitute (for now) knowing that it isn't ideal, but at least checks off my biggest concerns as they relate to hermit crabs--PLA may not biodegrade in a landfill, but it WILL biodegrade on a hot, sandy beach, in the ocean, or in a humid, tropical climate where hermit crabs are present. And it won't photodegrade into smaller pieces that are still chemically plastic, ingestible by sea life who mistake it for food, and it doesn't mimic estrogens as it breaks down, a problem which I believe is going to become a HUGE issue for all species going forward. It's already been documented as causing major genetic problems in aquatic systems, particularly amphibians. And issues that plague amphibians (plenty disturbing enough) often portend issues that will eventually affect the rest of us. While my efforts are not perfect, I do them now with the hope that an attempt to shift away from single-use plastics will drive companies and corporations to continue to develop better and more sustainable substitutes. Thank you for supporting my efforts.

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Divided Dish #4

$18.25

Divided Dish #2

$18.25

Divided Dish #1

$18.25

Mary L Akers

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Mary L Akers

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About EarthWaterFireStudio

Sales 9,211
On Etsy since 2018

The Accidental Hermit Crab Potter

I've been making functional pottery since 1985, but only recently began making hermit-crab-related products for sale. First, I simply made dishes and huts for my own crabs. I had the products and the skills and it made more sense than buying something plastic. The crabs seemed to thoroughly enjoy the natural texture of the clay as well as the discrete wells to separate their foods. Then I made a few dishes for a hermit crab Secret Santa event in a Facebook group I belong to (Land Hermit Crab Owners Society). The recipient of my dishes was delighted and posted pictures in the group. Other members wanted to know how they could get some, so I started offering them to this select group only, as a way to help fund my hermit crab breeding attempts (Instant Ocean, a special tank, feeding supplies, these all get expensive over time). Soon, demand became so great and had spread outside the group enough that it made sense for me to open an Etsy shop where buyers could see at a glance what stock I had on-hand and easily place their order.

Once I was offering dishes for sale, it made sense to include some of the dry mixes that I was already creating to feed my own happy hermits. There are lots of hermit crab mixes out there, but I try to make mine unique enough to warrant purchasing. My philosophy, when it comes to creating mixes, is to assemble ingredients that are varied enough to meet a range of nutritional needs, but that include ingredients that could be found together in the wild. So, my Meadow Mix, for example, has earthworms, wild strawberry leaves, crickets, dandelion leaves, wild rose petals, maple leaves, and the like, Our hermits are foragers and scavengers, and I like to have their food "make sense" to them. In the wild, crickets and krill and pomegranates wouldn't normally be found together (though they are all nutritious) so I try not to put them together in my mixes. It's just a thing I do that makes the process fun for me and that I like to think makes sense to the crabs as well.

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  • Mary

    Owner

    I began selling earthenware dishes to fund my hermit crab breeding attempts (in hopes that someday pet hermits won't have to be harvested from the wild). Demand was so great, I opened this Etsy shop. I seem to have found an oddball, unique niche.

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Last updated on May 11, 2019
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Allergens

I create work and package goods in a smoke-free environment, but I do have a dog who frequents my shop. I reuse packing materials whenever possible (the world has quite enough bubble wrap already) but can use all new materials if requested. I sell shellfish, nuts and other items that may cause an allergic reaction and it is possible for items to be cross contaminated during packaging. It is your responsibility to know your allergies and order accordingly.