Handmade Functional Pottery

Knoxville, Tennessee

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Last updated on Jul 15, 2020

New pottery coming soon!


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About JessiVanGundy

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On Etsy since 2013

My Passion For Pottery

In 2005 I graduated from UCSB with a degree in Art Studio, which basically means that I make art. After that, I tried a bunch of things but nothing really resonated with me until I got back on a potter's wheel at a local ceramics studio. So at the end of August I opened this etsy shop to try to make a go of it.

I run a one woman business. I do all the designing, throwing, drawing, stenciling, carving, etc. myself.

A typical mug starts out as a ball of clay that I put on the wheel and manipulate into the shape of a cup. Once it's dry enough, I put it back on the wheel upside down and trim a foot ring into the bottom. Then I attach a handle and let it dry some more. To decorate it, I paint it with colored underglaze, sometimes using stencils for lace or geometric shapes. I let it dry again and carved out the animals or plants. Then I let it dry completely and take it to the studio to be fired for the first time. Firings take two days and reach temperatures over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. After it has been bisque fired, the clay is very porous, hard, and brittle, like a garden pot. At that point I glaze the mug and it gets fired at the studio one more time. This time the kiln is even hotter, melting the chalky glaze powder into a hard, glassy coating. When the kiln cools to room temperature, the mug is finished and ready for use.

Shop members

  • Jessi Van Gundy

    Owner, Maker

    I've been making art and crafts for pretty much my whole life. I love knitting, drawing, and printmaking but I've always had a deep love for ceramics. I started getting serious about pottery in 2012 and I've been throwing and carving ever since.

  • Caleb McFluffypants

    Recreation Director, Minister Of Silly Walks

Shop policies

Last updated on April 11, 2014

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Returns: I offer full refunds within 7 days of the time you received your order. Items must be properly packaged (contact me and I will send you instructions) and I will issue a refund, minus shipping costs, when I receive the returned item in good condition.

Custom Orders: Personalized items (such as those with a name, message or personal image) are non-refundable.

Lost or Damaged Items: If your order is lost in the mail (and I can verify it via tracking) I will replace your items(s) with item(s) of equal value, of your choice, from my shop. If it is damaged in the mail, contact me within 7 days of receiving the item and send it back. I will replace it once I have it in hand.
Payment methods: I accept both Paypal and major credit cards through Etsy's Direct Checkout.

Cancellation: Orders may be cancelled up until I have shipped them out. After I have shipped them, you may return the items for a full refund, however you will be responsible for all shipping costs.
I ship through the US Post Office. All domestic packages will come with a delivery confirmation number whenever possible. Domestic orders over $50 will come with USPS insurance, whenever possible. Domestic orders $250 and over will require a signature upon delivery.

Shipping prices are an estimate. I will issue a refund for any overcharges in excess of $2.00.

I take great care packing my pottery for shipping. Each piece is individually wrapped in bubble wrap and placed into a cardboard box. That box goes into a larger box with any other items (similarly boxed) that have been purchased at the same time. I put padding between all the inner boxes to keep things from shifting in transit. Since this process uses a lot of materials, I try to reuse packing whenever appropriate.