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JudyBFreeman

Handcrafted ceramics inspired by nature with a twist

Tampa, Florida · 1157 Sales

JudyBFreeman

Handcrafted ceramics inspired by nature with a twist

Tampa, Florida 1157 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(488)

Announcement   Happy Holidays! For shoppers looking for handcrafted mugs, please do not despair if you're looking for a mug to gift and see that the processing time is 4-5 weeks. Please contact me via Etsy Conversation. I have batches of mugs that are ready to be glazed as well as mugs that have been thrown awaiting handles. The possibility of a faster turnaround for Christmas delivery may be do-able.

Handcrafted ceramic teapots, bowls, mugs, plates and sculptures can all be found in my shop. I'm inspired by nature, mostly butterflies and fish and the unexpected, adding a twist of whimsy and color to everything that I create.

International Shoppers:
Customs/Duty/Vat fees may be assessed by your country and if so, you are responsible for those fees. Please check with your postal service or Customs office to determine what your additional charges may be prior to ordering if you are uncertain as to how this may affect the total cost

Thanks for visiting!

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 22, 2016

Happy Holidays! For shoppers looking for handcrafted mugs, please do not despair if you're looking for a mug to gift and see that the processing time is 4-5 weeks. Please contact me via Etsy Conversation. I have batches of mugs that are ready to be glazed as well as mugs that have been thrown awaiting handles. The possibility of a faster turnaround for Christmas delivery may be do-able.

Handcrafted ceramic teapots, bowls, mugs, plates and sculptures can all be found in my shop. I'm inspired by nature, mostly butterflies and fish and the unexpected, adding a twist of whimsy and color to everything that I create.

International Shoppers:
Customs/Duty/Vat fees may be assessed by your country and if so, you are responsible for those fees. Please check with your postal service or Customs office to determine what your additional charges may be prior to ordering if you are uncertain as to how this may affect the total cost

Thanks for visiting!

Judy Freeman

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Judy Freeman

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5 out of 5 stars
(488)
lobaker06

lobaker06 on Dec 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These mugs are gorgeous! The turnaround time was fast and they arrived securely wrapped to prevent breakage during shipment. Cardinals mean a lot to me and my sister as our mother passed away this summer, and we know that when we see a cardinal, Mom is watching over us. Thank you so much for such a beautiful and meaningful work of art.

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Updates

Just finished the underglazing on these two mugs. Next, painting 3 coats clear glaze. And working towards filling the kiln.
Here's a shot of two of the 5 finished swallowtail mugs. Butterflies are fluttering to their new home.
These mugs are on the way to their new home. Safe journey pups.

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About

Coming to Grips

Back in college I had an Art History Professor who used to tell us that "...artists have to come to grips with their materials." That one phrase has stuck with me through the years. And, now that I've been working with clay for over 30 years, I understand what he meant. Clay can be such a marvelous challenge, going from soft and softer with the addition of water, maleable to hard just from sitting in the air and then harder through the fire and the addition of glazes to join clay and glass to make a finished piece that you can drink or eat out of.. my hat's off to the first people that said "hey let's try this." Most of these amazing discoveries came from happy accidents, but to have the vision to see the potential, that's brilliance.

Just to make one thing clear, whimsy is not a four-letter word. I've been working in the realm of whimsy since my college years. It happened by accident. Our Ceramics teacher gave us a first assignment in Ceramics 101 to create a bottle. He didn't care how we made the bottle. So I handbuilt a square bottle, it was pretty awful. During our class critique, the teacher looked at my awful bottle for a long, long time. He finally spoke and said two words, "gingerbread house." I was dumbfounded and as he explained to me that my bottle had the bones of a gingerbread house and that if I went to work carving and cutting and handbuilding that this could be an awesome piece. So I went to work on my first whimsical piece, a gingerbread house. This is the path that I took and I haven't looked back.

There's usually a rhythm to my process. I say usually because I've discovered that I'm easily distracted. I may have a day where I have to sit down at the wheel and throw mugs, that action creates the need to think about the schedule of the following steps: clean the bottoms and add handles, then to the drying rack, then to the kiln, then to the glaze room, then to the kiln. If I let the mugs dry too long, I can't add handles so the process is out of rhythm. If I fire the mugs too soon, the mugs could explode, again out of rhythm. Back to coming to grips with my materials.

I have a garage studio where I do my wet work. This is where I have my work table, potters wheel, and slab roller. We're lucky to have found a house that has a little cubby space in the garage that's just perfect for my garagio. My space is small but when my dear husband leaves for work, I can spread out, set up my slab roller and extra tables, open the garage door and get to work. When it gets hot, I put a fan on and sweat. But with clay all over me, it's the best sweat ever. Part of my rhythm is filling my drying shelves. So when I'm doing wet work, I working at filling the shelves so that there's enough pieces to fill the kiln. After the first firing, I take it inside the house, where I've taken over our guest bedroom for my glaze room. This is where I paint the glazes. Because of the designs on my finished pieces, I handpaint each piece. Even the clear glaze is two to three coats hand painted. Time consuming, but the finished pieces are well worth it.

Over the years I've expanded my interests. I think it's natural, as an artist, to explore new techniques and media. I've branched out into painting acrylic on canvas and I've had a love for photography since my college years. I'm including some of my sculptures in polymer clay and I've added a new line to my shop that includes notecards that I've used photographs of my paintings as the design. I use an outside manufacturer to make the cards using my designs. They just do such a better job at it than I ever could on the finished product. The name of the manufacturer is Snapfish.com and you'll see that they're listed as an Etsy approved manufacturer for my shop. I think there's a certain amount of synergy when you have a company called Snapfish creating your fish notecards.

I can't think of anything better than being lucky enough to be able to follow your dream, live your passion and all those other cliches. If you love what you do, it won't be work. No matter how sweaty or messy I get, I keep saying that clay (after my dear husband) is my perfect match.

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Shop members

  • Judy

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Studio Manager, Butterfly Queen, Head Of Whimsicallity

    Judy fell in love with clay during her college years as a Fine Arts student. This love withstood the test of time and continues to be her passion.

Manufacturers

  • Snapfish.com, a printing service

    United States

    Snapfish.com is an online photo printing service that offers a number of options for printing photos, books and cards and a wide variety of other gift items.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2016
Welcome!!!
I love vibrant colors, I love that my work makes people smile, I love that nature is my inspiration, I love it when the butterflies come to visit our garden. Fish, butterflies and cats are my main themes. I love what I do and I hope that it comes across in my work.
For more examples of my work visit my website at
www.JudyBFreemanPottery.com

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Payment
I accept payment through PayPal as well as Etsy Direct Checkout and Etsy Gift Cards Please be sure to follow all of the links to make sure that your payment is processed completely. If this is your first time, and have questions, please send me a convo.
I allow 7 days for you to make payment. If payment is not received within 7 days the sale will be cancelled and the item will be relisted. If there's going to be a delay in making payment, please let me know ahead of time and we can work something out.
Shipping
Once I've received confirmation of your payment your purchase will go out to you with an e-mail to you to confirm shipment. I prefer to ship via USPS or FedEx. If you prefer a different carrier, please let me know and I'll make it happen for you. If the shipping costs are less than what you paid, I'll refund the excess. I take great care in packing to make sure that your purchase arrives unbroken. Damages do happen, unfortunately, and if, when you receive your shipment, there is damage, broken or chipped, please convo me asap so that I can file the claim. Your choice refund or replacement.

International shipping? Yes, most listings are available for international shipping. Larger items are excluded due to the high cost.
Refunds and Exchanges
My goal is to make my customers happy. If you are not 100% thrilled with your purchase - do not hesitate to contact me. Not a problem returning the item. Just send me an Etsy Conversation first. Time-frame for returns is 14 days from the date that you received the item. You will be refunded the cost of the piece not to include shipping charges, minus a 10% restocking fee. Your refund will be in the same form of payment used to place your order. Please be sure to insure the shipment. And, yes, you are also responsible for paying shipping charges to return the item. Unfortunately I cannot refund if the item arrives broken and is not insured. If you'd prefer to exchange for another piece, not a problem, just let me know.

Gifts- if you received item(s) as a gift, I understand that the 14 day rule for returns may be difficult, for that reason I will accept gift returns within a reasonable number of days. Please send me an Etsy Conversation. If a gift is returned you have two options: 1) You may receive a Gift Certificate or 2) You can elect to have the buyer be credited for the purchase price of the item, less the restocking fee.

Personalized items- if we collaborate on a personalized item, I will provide communications as well as photos along the way through the process. I will only proceed with your approval. Because great care is taken to ensure your approval, returns cannot be made on personalized items.