EarthButterStudio

Handmade Ceramic Beads & Jewellery Components

Cape Town, South Africa · 1460 Sales

EarthButterStudio

Handmade Ceramic Beads & Jewellery Components

Cape Town, South Africa 1460 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(443)

Announcement   Welcome to my shop which is based near Cape Town, South Africa. This is where you will find unique handmade ceramic beads & jewellery findings made in South Africa. Earth Butter Beads are hand shaped by young women from a disadvantaged rural community in my home town. I design, glaze and fire the beads in my pottery studio.

Most of our jewellery components are made by me in small batches or cast from my original model by a father and son team in Cape Town. I do the finishing in my studio.

Each bead is a small work of art and the finger prints of the beadmakers are often visible in the clay surface. This is the reason why Earth Butter Beads are so special - no two beads will ever be exactly the same! Most of the beads in my shop are ready to ship unless otherwise stated.

In my other shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthButterBeads we sell beads in larger quantities. I have some beads in my second shop in stock but most are made to order within 10 - 14 business days.

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Beads with a difference that make a difference!
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Thanks for visiting,
Desiree

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 24, 2016

Welcome to my shop which is based near Cape Town, South Africa. This is where you will find unique handmade ceramic beads & jewellery findings made in South Africa. Earth Butter Beads are hand shaped by young women from a disadvantaged rural community in my home town. I design, glaze and fire the beads in my pottery studio.

Most of our jewellery components are made by me in small batches or cast from my original model by a father and son team in Cape Town. I do the finishing in my studio.

Each bead is a small work of art and the finger prints of the beadmakers are often visible in the clay surface. This is the reason why Earth Butter Beads are so special - no two beads will ever be exactly the same! Most of the beads in my shop are ready to ship unless otherwise stated.

In my other shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthButterBeads we sell beads in larger quantities. I have some beads in my second shop in stock but most are made to order within 10 - 14 business days.

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Beads with a difference that make a difference!
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Thanks for visiting,
Desiree

Desiree Malan

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Trail and error in the studio today as we're making heart shaped beads.
Working on new products for my shop.
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About

Beads with a difference that make a difference.

My pottery business, Earth Butter Studio, in Wellington, South Africa, opened its doors in 2000. At the end of 2009, I started making ceramic beads, but found the process of shaping the beads by hand too time consuming. I realised that it made sense to outsource this labour-intensive aspect of bead-making.

I have always wanted to make a difference through my work and decided to train single mothers from a disadvantaged local community to hand-roll beads.

I design, glaze and fire the beads in the studio. The finished beads are sold locally at trade shows and to shops and jewellery designers, both locally, and around the world. I also work with metal and make most of the jewellery findings you see in my shop. The ancient lost wax casting process appeals to me and many of the jewellery components in my shop are made with this process.

Opening the Etsy Shop in October 2011 was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's such fun to send parcels of our beads to other countries and I absolutely love interacting with all the wonderful people from so far away.

I am blessed, thank you.
Desiree

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  • Desiree Malan

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I'm a ceramic artist and since 2013 a designer maker of jewellery. You will find me most days with my hands in clay or behind my jewellery bench. I absolutely love what I'm doing and hope that it shows in my work.

  • Angelico Jacobs

    Maker

    Angelico is a single mom to a beautiful and charming little girl. Angelico is energetic and full of life. She's a perfectionist and her hand formed beads look as if they were made in molds!

  • Lidihanna September

    Maker

    Lidihanna is a single mom to 3 children. Lidihanna is soft spoken - a gentle, kind spirit. She enjoys painting glaze onto the beads with music in the background.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 10, 2016
Welcome to Earth Butter Studio! I hope your shopping experience is a pleasant one. You can convo me with any questions you might have and I will be happy to answer them. It is my goal that you enjoy your first visit and wish to return again and again.

I have two more shops on Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthButterBeads
and
http://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthButterVintage

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
Payment
International customers:
We accept Paypal payments in US Dollars (credit and debit cards are accepted by Paypal)

*Note: you do not need a Paypal account to pay for your items through Paypal. Payment via your credit card can easily and safely be done through Paypal.

South African customers:
EFT payments are preferred (please send me a convo for prices in rand and our bank account details.)
Shipping
Parcels are sent out from South Africa using our local postal service.

Parcels to the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and UK should typically arrive within 2 weeks of postage but I cannot guarantee this. Please let me know if your parcel hasn't arrived after 30 days.

*Note: we follow the shipping address in your Etsy invoice, not your Paypal address – so please double check that it's correct!

International customers please note:
Items may be subject to import duties which are levied once the package reaches your country and will be for your account.

I'll send you a mail to tell you when I posted your parcel, so you can start watching your mailbox!
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not satisfied with your order and would like to return it, please contact me immediately. I will refund the cost of the item, minus shipping, etsy fees and paypal fees when I receive returned item in good condition within 15 days of when you originally received it. Return shipping is the buyer's responsibility.

Cancellation: If you wish to cancel your order, please do so before your order has been marked shipped. Once product has been marked as shipped, it cannot be cancelled.

ADDITIONAL RETURNS INFO:
--Unfortunately no returns or refunds accepted on custom made orders.
--Shipping costs are non-refundable in the case of returns or orders lost/damaged in the post.

I will be happy to work with you if you have a problem. Please do not give FEEDBACK until we have discussed it.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please be aware that computer monitors differ and the display of colours can vary. Earthbutter beads are handrolled by individuals outside of the studio and bead sizes and bead holes can vary. Each bead is therefore 100% unique and will appeal to those who appreciate honest, handmade and slightly imperfect artisan beads.