GlyntPottery

Handmade stoneware pottery from my hands to your home.

Virginia, United States · 846 Sales

GlyntPottery

Handmade stoneware pottery from my hands to your home.

Virginia, United States 846 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Welcome to Glynt Pottery!
The work of creating pots has taken me on an amazing journey of self-discovery. On the way, I met wonderfully generous potters who continue to inspire me. Several years ago, at a special museum showing, I was able to handle a thousand-year-old Chinese pot. Feeling the pot's weight in my hands and tracing the marks left by that ancient potter was a powerful and uplifting experience because I felt that the pot was able to connect me to the unknown potter of centuries past. I believe that these connections between the maker and the user explain the attraction of handmade pottery and handmade work in general. Each piece that I make is a personal act of creation that attempts to continue those connections: "From my hands to your home."
All the items you see here are ready to ship within 1 to 2 days. I ship via USPS 2-3 Day Priority (in the United States). Overseas shipments are via USPS International First Class Mail.
Please contact me with your questions.
Thank you for your interest in my work!

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Last updated on Apr 4, 2016

Welcome to Glynt Pottery!
The work of creating pots has taken me on an amazing journey of self-discovery. On the way, I met wonderfully generous potters who continue to inspire me. Several years ago, at a special museum showing, I was able to handle a thousand-year-old Chinese pot. Feeling the pot's weight in my hands and tracing the marks left by that ancient potter was a powerful and uplifting experience because I felt that the pot was able to connect me to the unknown potter of centuries past. I believe that these connections between the maker and the user explain the attraction of handmade pottery and handmade work in general. Each piece that I make is a personal act of creation that attempts to continue those connections: "From my hands to your home."
All the items you see here are ready to ship within 1 to 2 days. I ship via USPS 2-3 Day Priority (in the United States). Overseas shipments are via USPS International First Class Mail.
Please contact me with your questions.
Thank you for your interest in my work!

Graciela Testa Lynt

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Graciela Testa Lynt

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Learning to be fearless

I find that life is a lot like making pots. You spend most of your time trying to make that idea in your head into a real thing you can wrap your hands around. Searching for the perfect job, the perfect relationship, the perfect house… the perfect pot. After much work, you get what you wanted, but it wasn’t what you expected… it turns out that the pot you get out of the kiln isn’t much like what you had in mind. Or after you think you've got it, something goes wrong. After struggling for years you have a moment of perfect understanding and peace… you sit at the wheel and make gorgeous pots effortlessly… and then the moment is gone. I’ve learned that life, like making pots, is about embracing failure. Not being afraid to fail frees us to spread our wings a bit farther, push the clay a bit more… it might collapse… or it might yield a beautiful pot! So it is with life. Looking back I see how fear kept me from much joy. I am learning to be fearless now!

I discovered my love of ceramics in 1992 when, on a whim, I signed up for a pottery class. Although at the time I was working full time and raising my family, I continued to take classes and workshops, honing my skills and dreaming of the day I could devote myself to clay. That day came when I retired in 2007.

Until 2014, my studio was the 10ft by 12ft structure that you see in the photos. This year, my husband built an addition to the studio so that it is now a "huge" 10ft by 20ft. I feel so lucky to have so much space now! The studio houses a wheel, a kiln, a pugmill, a wedging table, several work tables, a small slab roller and more.

I do everything in the studio, from wedging the clay to firing the kiln. I also do all the marketing, selling and packing. However, there’s someone else who is vital to Glynt Pottery and that’s my husband, Chris. He is my greatest fan and support. He encouraged me to take the class in 1992 and then surprised me with a pottery wheel that Christmas. In addition to providing legal representation and IT support, Chris does much of the equipment and studio maintenance and keeps the books. He also helps me carry heavy boxes of clay and pots, and set up and break down for shows.

Several years ago, I was fortunate to be able to hold in my hands a 1000-year-old Chinese pot at the Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C. Feeling the pot's weight and tracing the marks left by that ancient potter was a powerful and uplifting experience because I felt that the pot was able to connect me to the unknown potter of centuries past. I believe that these connections between the maker and the user explain the attraction of handmade pottery and handmade work in general.

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  • Graciela Testa Lynt

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Shipping

    Economist turned editor turned potter... indulging my love of clay in retirement.

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    Drummer, engineer, lawyer and all around great husband.

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Last updated on May 15, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I will gladly make a custom order for you. Custom orders usually take 3 to 4 weeks. Depending on the time of year and where I am in the production cycle, orders may take up to 6 to 8 weeks. Personalized items that are not generic (e.g., Dad, Mama) require a 50 percent deposit. Payment for other custom orders is due at purchase.

Care instructions

If properly cared for stoneware can be enjoyed for a long time. Never place a dish on top of a burner or in a preheated (hot) oven. Instead, place room temperature dishes in a cold oven and gradually bring the heat up to the desired temperature. Dishes should be filled so food contacts all interior surfaces.

Teapots should be warmed with hot water before filling them with boiling water. The same is true for colanders: never pour boiling water directly into them.

Stoneware is microwave and dishwasher safe. However, please use care. Some items, such as berry bowls, might best be hand washed.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Because of the fragile nature of ceramics, I pack the items in several layers of bubble wrap before placing them in a box surrounded by biodegradable peanuts. In some cases, it is best to ship multiple items is separate boxes to prevent breakage.

I do not offer gift wrapping, but I can include a message to the gift recipient. The message will be printed in a script font in an appropriate blank card or the back of a Glynt Pottery postcard. Please let me know (in the message from buyer) if you are interested including a message with your gift.

Wholesale availability

Please contact me with wholesale queries.