IndigoTurtleArt

Unique Hand Crafted Porcelain Art Jewelry & Components

Fulton, Illinois · 253 Sales

IndigoTurtleArt

Unique Hand Crafted Porcelain Art Jewelry & Components

Fulton, Illinois 253 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   *** James & Jone are in Tucson Arizona for the To Bead True Blue show. They took all of our cabochons along with hundreds of pendant, earring & bracelet components and our finished jewelry. The glazed & diffuser pendants, crystal earrings and lidded boxes I have listed are in stock at the studio & ready to ship. James took shipping supplies with him, he'll be able to ship cabochons & jewelry components from Arizona as he'll be there until the first week in April. It will take time for me to communicate your choices to him, for him to check inventory & send me photos of current pieces which I'll pass on to you to choose from. Once we have your choices, I'll create the custom listing, it will then take additional time for him to package & mail. Items shipping from Arizona may take 10 - 14 business days before they are ready to ship, plus additional time for them to reach you in the mail.

I am leaving the cabochon listings active so people checking us out can see the shapes & styles we offer before attending the bead show.

Order with confidence ~ every item from Indigo Turtle Art is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Exchange, full refund, whatever the customer needs ~ is happily taken care of at any time for any reason.

Original porcelain designs ~ finished jewelry & components. Hand formed and hand painted one-at-a-time, components are trimmed in either 22K gold or platinum metallic luster glaze, cabochons are untrimmed or may be trimmed with colored underglaze. Each piece is fired 3 - 5 times creating an item which is light weight, durable and will never fade or tarnish.

Attention jewelry designers, our very popular porcelain cabochons & components are perfect for your jewelry or mixed media projects, whether you work with wire, metal, beads or fiber our unique components will help your designs stand out. Ask about our quantity & teacher discounts if you would like to use our cabochons in your designs or in a class you teach. Availability from current stock varies, custom orders (size, shape, colors) may be possible! Custom orders may take up to 20 weeks to complete from July - November. We'd love to collaborate with you! Let us help your vision become reality.

All porcelain jewelry items are handcrafted at our studio in Illinois. Custom length neck cords are hand assembled by us in the USA with no outside production assistance.

Proud member of:
SKIRTeam
All Handmade by ME Team
CASTTEAM.
Working Artists Promotion Team
The Ceramic Team https://www.etsy.com/teams/8669/the-ceramics-team
and many other great friendly & helpful teams, please see our complete team list under the our profile here: https://www.etsy.com/people/IndigoTurtleArt
SRAJD # 4062 (Self-Representing Artists in Jewelry Design)

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 24, 2018

*** James & Jone are in Tucson Arizona for the To Bead True Blue show. They took all of our cabochons along with hundreds of pendant, earring & bracelet components and our finished jewelry. The glazed & diffuser pendants, crystal earrings and lidded boxes I have listed are in stock at the studio & ready to ship. James took shipping supplies with him, he'll be able to ship cabochons & jewelry components from Arizona as he'll be there until the first week in April. It will take time for me to communicate your choices to him, for him to check inventory & send me photos of current pieces which I'll pass on to you to choose from. Once we have your choices, I'll create the custom listing, it will then take additional time for him to package & mail. Items shipping from Arizona may take 10 - 14 business days before they are ready to ship, plus additional time for them to reach you in the mail.

I am leaving the cabochon listings active so people checking us out can see the shapes & styles we offer before attending the bead show.

Order with confidence ~ every item from Indigo Turtle Art is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Exchange, full refund, whatever the customer needs ~ is happily taken care of at any time for any reason.

Original porcelain designs ~ finished jewelry & components. Hand formed and hand painted one-at-a-time, components are trimmed in either 22K gold or platinum metallic luster glaze, cabochons are untrimmed or may be trimmed with colored underglaze. Each piece is fired 3 - 5 times creating an item which is light weight, durable and will never fade or tarnish.

Attention jewelry designers, our very popular porcelain cabochons & components are perfect for your jewelry or mixed media projects, whether you work with wire, metal, beads or fiber our unique components will help your designs stand out. Ask about our quantity & teacher discounts if you would like to use our cabochons in your designs or in a class you teach. Availability from current stock varies, custom orders (size, shape, colors) may be possible! Custom orders may take up to 20 weeks to complete from July - November. We'd love to collaborate with you! Let us help your vision become reality.

All porcelain jewelry items are handcrafted at our studio in Illinois. Custom length neck cords are hand assembled by us in the USA with no outside production assistance.

Proud member of:
SKIRTeam
All Handmade by ME Team
CASTTEAM.
Working Artists Promotion Team
The Ceramic Team https://www.etsy.com/teams/8669/the-ceramics-team
and many other great friendly & helpful teams, please see our complete team list under the our profile here: https://www.etsy.com/people/IndigoTurtleArt
SRAJD # 4062 (Self-Representing Artists in Jewelry Design)

Carole Isenhart James Johnson

Contact shop owner

Carole Isenhart James Johnson

About

Studio Process ~ Please come along as we follow James (aka Turtle) & Jone (aka Little Turtle) from the mucky clay, where Turtles like to play…

...as they create beautiful pieces of wearable art.

James & Jone work exclusively with porcelain clay. The clay is rolled out using both a mechanical slab roller and a manual rolling pin, to achieve the optimum thickness needed for our jewelry.

The desired shape is cut from the sheet of soft clay, a hole is drilled at the top of each piece; this is where the jump ring or ear wire will be added in the final step.

James uses stamps to impress intricate designs into the soft clay for many of his pieces. He carefully shapes the stamped clay by pinching it with his finger tips. Chamfered holes are created in the soft clay, these holes will hold Swarovski crystals in the final design.

Jone cuts geometric shapes and abstract “donuts” for her pieces. She drills multiple holes in the soft clay along the lower edge of the geometric pieces. Jone was taught Native American beading techniques as a child; in the final process, these holes will have beads sewn through them.

Next, every shape is painstakingly hand sanded to smooth the edges & refine the shape. A certain number of pieces are broken during this stage as thin greenware (dry clay) is very fragile.

An underglaze background color is applied next to James’ stamped images. At this point the pieces are put into the ceramic kiln and bisque fired which hardens the clay and affixed any background colors. Next both James & Jone hand paint the design details with multiple colors of underglaze. James’ stamped designs require an extra step whereby excess underglaze is carefully wiped off the surface, leaving color only in the impressed lines which accentuates the details of the designs.

Clear glaze is then sprayed onto the front of each piece covering the design with an opaque layer; each hole is drilled again to remove glaze which might seal the hole closed. The pieces are fired a 2nd time; during this critical firing, the glaze melts onto the surface at a very high temperature, producing a glass like finish which makes the pieces shiny & extremely durable.

Many ceramic artisans consider pieces to be finished & ready to sell after 1 glaze firing; however James & Jone continue to refine many of their pieces by adding 2 more steps to their ceramic process, each requiring hand painting & its own kiln firing.

Mother-of-pearl metallic luster over glaze is hand painted onto each piece with a small brush and the pieces are fired for the 3rd time. The Mother-of-Pearl luster, when applied and fired perfectly, results in a subtle translucent effect of rainbow colors. The original underglaze colors are still visible underneath, but when the piece is tilted back and forth, rainbows dance across the surface. It is impossible to photograph this effect since the piece must be physically tilted back and forth to see the rainbow colors as they interplay with surrounding light sources and the underglaze colors. The effect is quite striking; art fair patrons always ask why they see different colors as they move the item.

Next 22K Gold or Platinum luster glaze is carefully applied around the outer edge with a tiny brush to make a “frame” for the artwork. Jone applies additional “veining” with the metallic luster to separate her design colors, creating a beautiful stained glass effect. The 4th & final firing fuses the metallic trim to the glaze below and completes the ceramic process. With each firing, the piece which started as wet clay, shrinks & becomes more durable.

A group of 400 pieces takes James 5 weeks to complete during the winter non-show season; during show season a group can take up to 9 weeks to complete. Keep in mind that a pair of earrings is considered 1 piece, therefore the actually number of individual items in a group is closer to 600.

At this point many of James’ porcelain “bits”, as we call them, are finished & ready for their custom neck cord or ear wires. Swarovski crystals & seed beads are added with head pins or wire to his pendants & earrings which were drilled with extra holes along the bottom.

Jone’s “bits”, which had multiple holes drilled along the lower edge, will now be accented with swags of beads strung on beading thread. Jone uses Swarovski crystals, gold filled, sterling silver, glass, and semi-precious beads in her elegant designs. A head pin strung with a precise assortment of beads fills the center hole in her “donut” shaped pieces.

A custom length black satin neck cord is available for each pendant. Sterling Silver or Gold filled ear wires or surgical steel posts are used on our earrings to assure comfort & lasting quality.

When you purchase our designs you are acquiring a miniature piece of original wearable art; as unique & original as you.

Thank you for “visiting” our studio!

Shop members

  • James

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photography, Shipping, Sales & Shows

    For 25+ years, James sold his beautiful porcelain art at Renaissance & Art fairs throughout the mid-west. Now through their Etsy Shop, his beautiful artwork is available to customers around the globe. His designs are constantly evolving & improving.

  • Carole

    Owner, Maker Designer Curator Photographer Marketing, PR Customer Service Social Media Shipping

    In June 2012, Carole became James' bride; after remodeling their studio, she opened the Etsy shop. In addition to handling social media, marketing, photography, customer service & shipping, she is working on her artwork & possibly a 2nd Etsy store.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 3, 2017
Hello & Welcome! Please come in & enjoy our unique product line! Have a question? We'd love to chat.

Story of our name ~ Indigo Turtle

In the biggest race of all time ~ the turtle won by working hard and staying true to the task at hand. We believe that slow & steady wins the race, like the turtle we have always valued quality over speed. Each item is individually hand formed & hand painted, our hope is that our customers will feel the love & attention that goes into each piece when they wear it. Indigo is the color of the night sky which James loves to camp under and was added to the name to give it an artistic flair.

Iridescent rainbows of color dance across the surface of many of our unique porcelain items. Shiny, metallic luster water color designs adorn the tops of our Treasure boxes. These richly colored hand painted designs are framed in gleaming 22K Gold or Platinum, much like a professionally framed piece of fine art. When you purchase our porcelain art work, you are acquiring a miniature piece of original wearable art. Each piece starts in a bag of raw porcelain clay and is fired 3 - 4 times before it is ready to be completed with a custom made black satin cord in your choice of lengths or incorporated into your wire work, bead embroidery or mixed media designs.

James has been creating & selling unique porcelain art throughout the mid-west & Arizona for over since 1985 years. In June of 2012 James married Carole; Carole felt that more people needed to have the opportunity to experience James' beautiful art work. She laid the groundwork to achieve that goal by creating a retail space in their studio which she remodeled that year. She started a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndigoTurtleArt where the studio process involved in creating James artwork is demonstrated in the words & pictures contained in the Studio Process photo album. Jone's beaded porcelain designs add a glamorous look to our one of a kind designs. James & Jone have a loyal following of return customers at the art fairs, these customers will no longer need to wait 12 months for us to return to their area as they can now shop year round through their Etsy shop which Carole curates.

The year 2015 celebrates the exciting launch of a new line of unique porcelain cabochon components. These new cabochons will provide wire wrappers, bead weavers & mixed media artists with exciting new focal components for their stunning designs. Custom designs are available, let us turn your creative vision into reality, we'd love to collaborate with you!

Please stop by often to see the exciting hand crafted additions to our shop!

Thanks for stopping by!

James and Carole

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you are not satisfied with your order, please contact us and we can work together to find a solution.

Every item is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Any item may be exchanged for another item ~ or returned for a full refund (less shipping fees).

Please retain the original packaging materials & if possible reuse these in the event of a return to protect the returned items from shipping damage & to reduce waste. Please contact us for return authorization.

Your satisfaction is our number one priority!
Payment
We gladly accept credit cards through Etsy's Direct Checkout, Pay Pal & Etsy Gift Cards.

Orders shipped to an Illinois address will be required to pay sales tax which is automatically added to the order.

In stock orders must be cancel prior to shipping to obtain a full refund. Orders cancelled after shipping must be returned at the purchaser's expense, purchase price less shipping will be refunded if items are returned in new condition within 2 weeks of receipt.

Special orders may require a nonrefundable 50% deposit.

Custom orders for items not normally stocked which we can not sell to our regular customer base will require a nonrefundable 100% payment before the order is started.
Shipping
Items will be shipped by 1st class mail with the USPS within the time frame specified in each items shipping profile. The times stated are the # of business days we are allowed to get it shipped, not the # of day before you will receive it.

If you need your purchase shipped faster please contact us to work out the details, additional fees will apply.

Optional insurance and / or tracking are available for an added fee. Once a package leaves our mailbox we are no longer responsible for it. If you are concerned about possible shipping damages, loss, or theft at your location please purchase appropriate insurance / signature confirmations.

Shipping damages must be reported immediately. All packaging materials & merchandise must be saved for insurance claim processing.

Additional info for International Shipments:

World Wide Shipping is now available for our Treasure Boxes and cabochons, through USPS First-Class Package International Service. Bulk orders will be shipped best way.

Insurance is required for all international shipments.

Insurance for shipments to Canada and US military bases
For shipments going to Canada, rates are $0.95 for up to $50 of coverage; $1.05 per $100 up to $300 of coverage; and $3.15 plus $0.95 per $100 or fraction thereof over $300 of coverage.

For shipments mailed to APO/FPO/DPO military addresses, rates are $1.60 per $100 of coverage.

Insurance for international shipments
Rates are either $1.35 or $1.60 per $100 of coverage for international shipments (this varies based on mail class and destination).

USPS insurance is not available for packages being shipped to: Afghanistan; Algeria; Angola (Cabinda); Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Burma; Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast); Croatia; Cuba; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Greece; Iran; Iraq; Jordan; Liberia; Libya, Moldova; Montenegro; Nigeria; North Korea; Paraguay; Republic of the Congo (Zaire); Serbia; Sierra Leone; Somalia; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Syria; Togo; Yemen; Zimbabwe.

If you need us to ship to one of the countries above, an alternate shipping method which allows insurance must be discussed.

International shipping locations for our other items, will be addressed as the need arises. You are responsible for knowing if an item is allowed to be shipped into your country. If it is not allowed, please do not order it.

International customers are responsible for all fees imposed, including import taxes, customs duties and fees levied by the buyer's country. Please check with your Customs office and/or Postal Service if you are concerned about possible tariffs. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR UK BUYERS! The Royal Mail is reportedly being much more vigilant in collecting VAT on purchases made through the mail. You should be prepared for the possibility of paying VAT plus a Royal Mail fee upon receipt.

All international orders will have full value declared on customs forms - no exceptions. Original shipping charges will not be refunded for buyers who refuse items due to the customs charges applied by their country.
Additional policies and FAQs
Unless you request your pendant without a cord, all pendants include a custom length satin neck cord. Various options are available from the drop down menu on the item page. If you'd like a length which is not listed, please select the custom option & add a "Note to Seller" with the length you desire.

Custom orders & wholesale inquires are welcome. Do you need a unique item for a school or church fundraiser? Custom designs will be considered and require 4 - 6 month lead time for the 1st order. 100% non refundable payment will be require prior to project start.

We are working diligently to list new items from our extensive product line, please check back often for exciting new designs. However, please feel free to contact us if there is a design or color that you are interested in that is not yet listed. We are expanding our selection of designs and would appreciate your input for design ideas.

All porcelain items are packaged in a poly filled lidded jewelry box, tied with colorful ribbons suitable for gift giving and mailed in a padded envelope to ensure safe delivery.