Announcement All of my pottery is handmade and one of a kind. Inspiration for my work comes from nature, the outdoors, and functional wares used by generations that lived decades or centuries before us. If you have any questions, please contact me. Thanks for visiting!
All of my pottery is handmade and one of a kind. Inspiration for my work comes from nature, the outdoors, and functional wares used by generations that lived decades or centuries before us. If you have any questions, please contact me. Thanks for visiting!
Sarah Danylo on Dec 11, 2015
I love this! It's so unique. I've had my eye on it forever in my Loved List. I would purchase a whole set of sassafrass leaves if it were available. Beautiful craftmanship, makes me smile every time I take my rings off at the end of the day :) thank you!
graemewicentowich on Jan 20, 2015
Great design and shipped quickly!
Lou Ann Coleman on Oct 23, 2014
Exactly what I wanted. So neat that she was able to fashion it after an actual leaf. Love it!
Handmade, one of a kind pottery inspired by nature, the outdoors, and functional wares used by generations that lived decades or centuries before us.
As a child, I was introduced to pottery and the art of throwing on a wheel while at a craft show with my parents. A potter had a portable wheel and was doing demonstrations. She let me squish one of the vases; I was hooked the instant my hands touched the clay. From then on pottery called to me.
But as a child with many interests and without easy access to pottery instruction or the tools of the trade, life did what it does with many of us and took me in other directions. I followed my love of the outdoors and became a wildlife biologist and environmental educator. Yet, I continued to be drawn to pottery. Finally, many, many years after that first day watching the potter at the craft show, I tried my hand at wheel thrown pottery. I was immediately addicted. Pottery has become as much a part of my life as wildlife biology and environmental education.
I enjoy making a variety of clay pieces including miniatures, functional kitchenware, candleholders, decorative bowls, and jewelry/other accessories. I am always trying something new. I enjoy throwing pottery on the wheel and hand building pottery. Some of my pieces even combine wheel thrown and hand built portions. My love of nature and outdoors can be seen in many of my works.
You can learn more about my various interests and view more of my art at www.shannontrimboli.com. My pottery is also for sale at the Pots Place Studio in Bowling Green, KY.
How I make my pottery:
I use two different methods (throwing and hand building) to create my pottery. Throwing means that the piece was created on a potter’s wheel. Hand building means I use my fingers and other tools to shape the clay without the aid of a potter’s wheel. Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages and I will often combine the two techniques to gain the advantages of both.
Making pottery is a multi-step process that requires lots of patience. It often takes over a month from the time I start a project until the time it is finished. The process always start with a piece of wet clay. My favorite clays are porcelain and white stonewares.
If I am throwing the piece on the potter’s wheel, then I throw the general shape of the piece on the wheel. At this point, I may alter decide to alter the shape of the piece to make it square or triangular. I then remove it from the wheel and allow it to dry to what is called the “leather hard stage.” That can take a day or two depending on temperature and humidity.
At the leather hard stage, the clay is dry enough to hold its shape but still wet enough to be carved. This is when I trim the decorative bottoms, carve designs into the piece, and add things like handles and spouts.
If I am hand building a piece then, I start by rolling out a slab of clay. Many of my hand built pieces use leaves that I press into the slab of clay. The clay must then be allowed to dry to the leather hard stage before I can begin joining pieces together and building the piece.
When I’m happy with the piece, I allow it to dry completely. It’s best to let the piece dry slowly so I often wrap the piece loosely in plastic shopping bags to slow the drying process. Depending on how complicated the piece is, I may slow the drying process so that it takes a week or more to dry completely.
After the piece is completely dried, it is fired in the kiln. Firing simply means that it is heated up to an EXTREMELY high temperature (over 2000 degrees F). Each piece is fired twice and each firing takes approximately 3 days.
The first firing is called a bisque fire. Bisque firing solidifies the clay and dries out all the moisture. Once the piece has been bisque fired, I glaze it using non-toxic and food safe glazes. The piece is then fired again in what is called a glaze firing. During the glaze firing, the glaze liquefies and can sometimes run creating surprising results when the finished pieces are removed from the kiln. Since we want to make sure the kiln is full before we turn it on, pieces can sometimes sit for a couple of weeks waiting for the next firing.
How do I make my miniatures?
I make my miniatures and my full-sized pieces on the same wheel; however, I use different tools to pull and shape the clay. Miniatures take a different set of skills and throwing tools than full-sized pieces. The smaller the miniatures become, the more I need highly specialized tools and skills to create them.
I am a multi-media artist, wildlife biologist, environmental educator, author, and beginning farmer. As an artist, I specialize in pottery, nature and farm photography, and nature prints. Inspiration for my art comes from nature and life on the farm.
All of my pottery is handmade by me and one of a kind. Inspiration for my work comes from nature, the outdoors, and functional wares used by generations that lived decades or centuries before us.
Each picture that you see in my shop is of the specific item up for sale. I do not use stock photos because every piece I make is unique. Please realize, however, that different screens display colors slightly differently so the actual colors of the piece may not exactly match the picture.
If you have any questions, please contact me. I want to make your shopping experience with me a pleasant one.
My shop’s name, Grassy Roads Pottery, was inspired by my favorite poem, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment must be received in US dollars before item will be shipped. If an item is not paid for within 7 days, the sale will be cancelled and the item will be re-listed. 6% sales tax will be added to all items shipped to a Kentucky address.
Shipping is for USPS priority mail for all destinations and includes delivery confirmation for orders within the U.S. If you prefer another shipping method, please contact me *BEFORE* placing your order and I will send you the price for your preferred method. International customers are responsible for any customs or other fees associated with their order. I will refund any shipping fees more than $1 over the actual shipping costs.
When I prepare your purchase for shipping, I will carefully package it using lots of packaging material (newspapers, bubble wrap, peanuts, etc.) to protect the item(s) during shipping. When possible, I use clean, recycled packaging materials to keep shipping fees low and to lower my carbon footprint.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you would like to return the item and contact me within 3 days of receiving it, then I will refund your purchase price minus shipping. In order to get the refund you must return the item in the same condition it was sent to you. I’m sorry, but you will have to pay the return shipping.
Pottery can be fragile and I take great care to carefully package everything I ship. However, if the item is damaged during shipping, let me and the USPS know immediately. Take pictures of the item, the box, and the packaging material. You’ll also want to keep the box and packaging materials in case the post office requests it. The faster you let us know, the sooner we can begin working on a solution.
Additional policies and FAQs
Porcelain will break if dropped on a hard surface. Since all of my miniatures are made out of porcelain, please keep this in mind when purchasing my miniatures. I don’t want to discourage you from buying my miniatures; under normal circumstances they are very sturdy. However, I also know how hard it is to watch a young child cry because she dropped her new gift and it broke.