JCalcagnoPottery is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Busy times so taking a short break from working in the studio.....look for me to return this summer. "I'll be back!"

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 10, 2015

Busy times so taking a short break from working in the studio.....look for me to return this summer. "I'll be back!"

Jeannine Calcagno Niehaus

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Jeannine Calcagno Niehaus


From the sandbox to the ceramics studio...

The ceramics department at San Jose State was headed by a professor steeped in the Japanese MIngei movement. It was the late 60's and after a short stint teaching I joined the craft movement and set up a studio. I did my first show at Stanford University in 1972 and have been selling directly to those that use and display my work ever since.

As a child I spent many hours in a sandbox under a wisteria arbor and surrounded by beds of tulips, roses and a couple acres of lawn and trees...a regular Giverny set amid fields of tomatoes and alfalfa in the Central Valley of California. It is a Japanese farming community and I'm not sure if the ladies that traded boxes of See's candy for boughs of weeping willow for their Ikebana made a big influence, but my work has always been nature oriented and Japanese in influence.

I've been lucky to have made 5 trips to Japan with groups of potters, visiting many museums, potter's studios and of course, the 5th floor of big department stores that function as galleries. These trips and many books have informed and inspired my work.

Selling directly to the people that use my pottery has been my focus for these past 40 years, mostly at art shows in the Central Bay Area of California. The economy, changing demographics and modes of shopping have given my marketing a shift. I am learning the ins and outs of cardboard boxes, recycled packing and Mr. Brown. It is saving wear and tear on both my body and Jeep!

I hope you enjoy looking and hopefully purchasing and using my work. I have developed a distinct style that pairs a glossy decor with the raw texture of a stoneware clay for both decorative and functional pieces.


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  • Jeannine Calcagno Niehaus

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, I Throw, Design, Fire, Market, Sell And Ship

    By accident I found myself in a ceramics class in college while earning a B.A. in art and a teaching credential. I taught for a few years but ended up starting a pottery studio in my garage and have never looked back!

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Last updated on December 6, 2011
Welcome to my Etsy store. I am offering hand thrown stoneware fired in a gas reduction kiln, and decorated with colored porcelain slip. My motifs are inspired by nature and reflect a long study of Japanese ceramics. I believe in the philosophy of the craftsman William Morris...."Have nothing in your house that you do not believe to be useful or believe to be beautiful" I hope I can provide you with a treasured piece of pottery for your own use.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with Sofort
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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
You can use Paypal as a method of payment and I can also accept credit cards over the phone. 831.427-0391

Residents of California pay our sales tax. ...so sorry!

Cancellations are appreciated within 24 hours....
I have used UPS as my shipper for many years and have never had a thing broken.....it may cost a couple dollars more but is worth it in the long run. Most often I double box for extra safety and use recycled materials as much as possible.
Please remember that UPS does not deliver to P.O. Boxes....if this is a problem please let me know.

If I have overestimated the postage (can happen when buying more that one item that ship easily together) I will refund your Pay Pal account or credit card.

I will try to ship within 3 business days after receipt of payment. If you need an piece sooner please let me know.
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I can work up custom orders if you contact me through my web-site. Because I work on and off during the year, the lead time will change depending on my work schedule. jeannine [!at] jcniehauspottery.com