ElisabethMaurland

Ceramics, Home Textiles, and Greeting Cards

Decorah, Iowa · 395 Sales

ElisabethMaurland

Ceramics, Home Textiles, and Greeting Cards

Decorah, Iowa 395 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(46)

Announcement   My ceramic work is created entirely by me, on a potter's wheel, and fired in my own, electric kilns. The type of clay I use is white stoneware, a smooth, white clay that lets my colors show off well. Every piece is decorated with colored slips (liquid clay) by hand, using sgraffito, wax resist, and brush techniques. I don't use stamps or stencils, except in cases of polka dots. Then I make a small stamp.
After being bisqued (a first firing), the pieces are glazed with a clear glaze and fired to cone 6 (2200°F).
Since each piece is made individually, no two will be exactly alike, but I do repeat designs.
My pots are food safe, microwave, and dishwasher safe, although because they are fairly thin and delicate, they should be handled with care.

I have now added some new types of products to my shop: Many of the designs I have developed on my pottery over the years have found their way onto paper and textiles! I spent some time learning how to draw the designs on a computer tablet with a stylus to get the same effects as I do on my pots.
These designs are then printed on fabric at a short-run fabric company in North Carolina (all organic material and ink). A seamstress in Iowa sews the items for me. I have pillows and tea towels to start with.

The paper products are greeting cards and matted prints with these designs. They are printed in a local print shop on 100 lb. cover stock. The cards are double (folded), and blank inside. The envelopes are white, 100% recycled, 80 lbs. stock paper.
The prints are 11" x 14" matted.

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 11, 2016

My ceramic work is created entirely by me, on a potter's wheel, and fired in my own, electric kilns. The type of clay I use is white stoneware, a smooth, white clay that lets my colors show off well. Every piece is decorated with colored slips (liquid clay) by hand, using sgraffito, wax resist, and brush techniques. I don't use stamps or stencils, except in cases of polka dots. Then I make a small stamp.
After being bisqued (a first firing), the pieces are glazed with a clear glaze and fired to cone 6 (2200°F).
Since each piece is made individually, no two will be exactly alike, but I do repeat designs.
My pots are food safe, microwave, and dishwasher safe, although because they are fairly thin and delicate, they should be handled with care.

I have now added some new types of products to my shop: Many of the designs I have developed on my pottery over the years have found their way onto paper and textiles! I spent some time learning how to draw the designs on a computer tablet with a stylus to get the same effects as I do on my pots.
These designs are then printed on fabric at a short-run fabric company in North Carolina (all organic material and ink). A seamstress in Iowa sews the items for me. I have pillows and tea towels to start with.

The paper products are greeting cards and matted prints with these designs. They are printed in a local print shop on 100 lb. cover stock. The cards are double (folded), and blank inside. The envelopes are white, 100% recycled, 80 lbs. stock paper.
The prints are 11" x 14" matted.

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Elisabeth Maurland

Ceramic Mug Handmade Pottery – Geese
Ceramic Mug Handmade Pottery – Geese
$60.00
Ceramic Mug Handmade Pottery – Black Rabbits
Ceramic Mug Handmade Pottery – Black Rabbits
$60.00
Ceramic Mug Handmade Pottery – Black Chicken
Ceramic Mug Handmade Pottery – Black Chicken
$60.00
Ceramic Bowl Handmade Pottery
Ceramic Bowl Handmade Pottery
$60.00
Ceramic Bowl Handmade Pottery – Guinea Hens
Ceramic Bowl Handmade Pottery – Guinea Hens
$60.00
Ceramic Mug Handmade Pottery – Tuna
Ceramic Mug Handmade Pottery – Tuna
$60.00
Ceramic Bowl Handmade Pottery – Swans
Ceramic Bowl Handmade Pottery – Swans
$60.00
Dinner Plate with Cranes
Dinner Plate with Cranes
$100.00
Set of Candleholders with Shorebirds
Set of Candleholders with Shorebirds
$250.00
Platter with Sardines in a Circle
Platter with Sardines in a Circle
$295.00
Greeting Cards – Assorted Set of 8 or 10
Greeting Cards – Assorted Set of 8 or 10
$24.00
Print – Blue Rooster
Print – Blue Rooster
$50.00
Print – Guinea Hens
Print – Guinea Hens
$25.00
Print – Mackerel
Print – Mackerel
$25.00
Print – Foxes
Print – Foxes
$25.00
Print – Egrets and Fish
Print – Egrets and Fish
$25.00
Decorative Pillow for Couch – Foxes
Decorative Pillow for Couch – Foxes
$65.00
Blank Card with Envelope – Horses
Blank Card with Envelope – Horses
$3.75
Greeting Card – Blue Rooster
Greeting Card – Blue Rooster
$3.75
Blank Card with Envelope
Blank Card with Envelope
$3.75
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5 out of 5 stars
(46)
wachendorfia

wachendorfia on Apr 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

It arrived very quickly, really wonderful! Thanks!

FoolYap

FoolYap on Oct 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very lovely! Shipped quickly, Thanks!

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About

From Clay to Textiles

After receiving my M. A. in Art and five years of apprenticeship with a potter, I opened my own pottery studio in Decorah, Iowa. I moved around a little, and have now found my final studio location, a building in our back yard. From here, I can watch the birds, the deer, and the river, and yet walk downtown.

I have focused on nothing but pots for the 19 years I have been on my own, mostly selling at art fairs, but after my daughter was born 9 years ago I started thinking of other ways of reproducing the designs I have developed for my pots. On them I do every stroke and dot by hand, and I will always do that, but the idea came to me that maybe I could get the designs printed on fabric, and the fabric could be made into items.

This turned into a very long road, since I had no idea how to do this, and my time was limited. But suddenly technology kind of merged with my ideas, and I learned to use the computer to create the same effects on a printable surface as I do on my pots. Suddenly, companies like Spoonflower were able to print fabric on a small scale, and I discovered Etsy, where I can sell these items online. I also met a seamstress only a few miles from here who can sew them.

I still make my pots myself, by hand, without help of any kind, but the pillows and tea towels are sewn according to my directions by Dorty of Dorty's Custom Designs, West Union, Iowa.

I also have greeting cards and prints with the designs from my pots. They are printed at a local print shop, Anundsen Publishing Company, Decorah, Iowa.

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  • Elisabeth Maurland

    Owner

    I grew up in Norway and came to the U.S. to study for a year. That was 32 years ago. Still here! My first pottery class led to a life of making and decorating pots, and now I also do the designs from those pots on paper and fabric items.

Production partners

  • Anundsen Publishing Company

    Decorah, IA

    The cards and prints, which I design and draw on a digital drawing tablet, are sent off to my local printer, Anundsen Publishing Company, for printing. A commercial, small town printing company, they use a digital, large format printer for my items.

  • Dorty's Custom Designs

    West Union, IA

    Dorty Yauslin, of Dorty's Custom Designs in West Union, Iowa, sews my fabric items for me. She runs her own shop and I visit often to drop off and pick up and discuss the work to be done. She has no employees and does all the sewing herself.

  • Spoonflower, Inc.

    Durham, NC

    Spoonflower is an Internet company that prints my designs on organic fabrics in small quantities.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 11, 2016
Thank you for taking a look at my work!
My pottery is the basis of my line. Pottery has been my life and my livelihood my whole adult life. Now I have taken some of the designs I have developed on my pots over the years and had them printed on textiles for home decor and on greeting cards.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
I accept payment through Etsy or Paypal. Items will not be shipped until the payment process has been completed.

Iowa residents will be charged sales tax.
Shipping
I will almost always ship within 3 days of receiving payment, unless my art fair schedule gets in the way, and I'm out of town for longer than that. But that is rare. If it should happen, I will let the customer know.

For my pottery, I use mostly recycled boxes and packing material, and every shipment is double boxed. Textile items and greeting cards are shipped in sturdy new boxes or mailers.

I usually ship via USPS Priority Mail, but in some cases USPS Standard will be a better option, since shipping large packages far away will be very expensive. If you need it fast and you live far from Iowa, let me know, and we can work something out.
If I have overcharged more than $2 for shipping, I will issue a refund.
When your package is shipped, I will send you a message with a tracking number and expected delivery.

I will ship anywhere in the world. Buyer is responsible for all fees due to customs and duty.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not happy with your purchase, please let me know within 3 days of receipt. If the piece is returned to me within 2 weeks, in the original packaging, I will extend a full refund, minus shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
I will do custom orders within my range of shapes and designs. Timeline will vary.