LGGCreativeArt

Handmade Pottery & Bone Carvings

New York, United States · 105 Sales

LGGCreativeArt

Handmade Pottery & Bone Carvings

New York, United States 105 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Please visit my new website: LGGCreativeArt.com to see a broader vision of my work.

Heirloom quality functional pottery and sculptural bone art with original designs.

- Pottery is lead free + dishwasher safe + oven safe
- Bones are from animals who died of natural causes. I personally process and clean each bone that I use.
- Most items ship USPS priority mail
- Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or custom orders.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: Please message me for an accurate shipping cost on any items you are interested in. I only charge the actual amount of shipping, so what you see on the order tally may not be accurate based on your location, the weight, and quantity of items ordered.

Announcement
Last updated on Sep 30, 2015

Please visit my new website: LGGCreativeArt.com to see a broader vision of my work.

Heirloom quality functional pottery and sculptural bone art with original designs.

- Pottery is lead free + dishwasher safe + oven safe
- Bones are from animals who died of natural causes. I personally process and clean each bone that I use.
- Most items ship USPS priority mail
- Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or custom orders.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: Please message me for an accurate shipping cost on any items you are interested in. I only charge the actual amount of shipping, so what you see on the order tally may not be accurate based on your location, the weight, and quantity of items ordered.

Leslie Green Guilbault

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Artist Statement for LGG Creative Art Pottery and Bone Carving

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwPZavZmwi8&feature=youtu.be

I learned the basics of wheel thrown pottery at the University of Notre Dame in 1988 and fell in love with it immediately, but the perfectionist in me made sure that I agonized about the process. Is this curve pronounced enough? Is the glaze color just right? Why doesn’t MY pot look as good as THAT pot? Analysis paralysis often struck me before my hands were even dirty. But after 25 years of being a slave to perfection, I’ve finally begun to tame that beast, and it all started with a simple bone.

I was walking through the woods with my son one day when we happened upon the skeleton of a fawn, long dead and most likely killed by the coyotes that we often hear howling and yipping in the night. Its bones were strewn loosely among the crumbled leaves, offering us an interesting diversion from our planned walk. The bones were picked clean by insects and bleached nearly white by the sun, which made them quite easy to find. We set home, our pockets filled with treasures, and Sammy carefully recreated the skeleton in the garage then stored the bones in a box. The next day, I found myself thinking about the tiny femur. I retrieved it from the box and turned it around in my hands. I don’t know why, but I had an intense desire to carve it. I hadn’t carved anything in my life—even clay—but I saw something in that bone that I wanted to bring to life. My husband kindly set aside his judgment of this plan and split the bone in half for me. And just like that, I was off and running.

Turns out that bone carving is hard work. It smells horrific and the dust is toxic, which requires one to wear a respirator for hours on end, in addition to hearing and eye protection and vibration reducing gloves for safety. And it’s lonely. No one wants to be around me while the bone dust is flying. Nonetheless, I was won over by the interesting textures I could create and the amazing strength of this substance that is a part of each of us. Equally appealing was the fact that I couldn’t find examples of sculptural bone art that looked even remotely similar to what I was making. My inner perfectionist was stymied by the lack of competition, and I enjoyed creating something just for myself. After completing three carvings, I was hooked on this art form and was excited to transfer this creative freedom to my pottery.

Taking an unformed hunk of clay and forming it into a vessel has always been great fun. Glazing, to me, is not. In college, I finished my early pieces in one-tone colors with little to no surface decoration to limit my glazing anxiety. When I started making pottery again in 2012 after decades of hibernation, I wanted to broaden my glazing skills. I began experimenting by painting designs on greenware then carving through the colored underglaze to reveal the light clay body beneath (scraffito technique). It takes a steady hand and a great deal of patience to create my signature lines, and my inner perfectionist is quite happy when I do (I still let her out on occasion). I am inspired by geometric patterns and symmetrical designs found in Native American, African, and Middle Eastern art as well as the more chaotic and random patterns found in nature. I enjoy combining motifs from disparate cultures and representing them in new ways as I continue to perfect my skills and find my artistic voice.

Many sincere thanks to my family, friends, and customers whose purchases and support allow me to keep doing what I love. I look forward to continuing this adventure in art for many years to come.

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Last updated on September 30, 2015
Welcome to LGGCreativeArt! My name is Leslie Green Guilbault, and I'm a potter and bone carver from Hamilton, New York. I specialize in unique, hand-crafted works of art that are meant to be used and enjoyed for many years to come.

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HOW DO I BUY SOMETHING FROM LGGCREATIVEART? If you are new to Etsy and have questions about buying, here is a helpful link to get you started: http://www.etsy.com/faq_buying.php

PAYMENT METHODS: I accept PayPal, credit cards, money orders, and personal checks made out to "LGG Creative Art." I will ship your items within three business days of confirmed payment. For checks and money orders, I must wait until the check clears the bank.

RESERVING ITEMS: If you would like me to hold an item on "Reserve", I would be happy to do so for one week. After the one week reserve, if you have not purchased the item or have changed your mind, it will be returned to normal status on LGGCreativeArt so that others may purchase it.
Shipping
ORDER FULFILLMENT: I strive to ship all orders within 5 business days of receipt of payment. I ship USPS priority, UPS ground, or FedEx ground.

RUSH ORDERS: If you need a rush shipment, please message me so that I can make that happen. I am able to do insurance, 2nd day air/overnight, etc., at your request -- I will simply send a modified invoice through Paypal for the balance.

SHIPPING PRICES: I estimate shipping prices for individual items based on weight and dimensions with the assumption that items will ship, fully insured and securely packaged, to the farthest reaches of the U.S. from my home in NY State.

Shipping costs may vary depending on your actual location, if you want priority or express shipping, the size and special packaging needs of an item, and the number of items you order. If you are not in a hurry and are looking to save money on shipping, many items can ship Parcel Post. In addition, arrangements can be made for local customers to visit my studio and pick items up in person, thereby eliminating the shipping costs entirely. Please send me a message if you wish to discuss shipping options. I’m easy to work with.

If you provide an incorrect shipping address and the item is returned to me, you will be responsible for the original shipping cost plus the cost to ship it to the correct address.

BREAKAGE AND LOST ITEMS: Pottery is fragile, so I wrap items carefully and securely prior to shipment and insure them for the full purchase amount. Nonetheless, accidents sometimes happen. While I cannot take responsibility for items that are lost during shipping or damage that occurs during transit by a third party shipper, I will follow up with the shipper to investigate. If your purchase is lost or breaks during shipping, please let me know immediately so that I can respond appropriately. I may ask you to send me a digital picture of the product, including the packaging, as this helpful during the claim process.
Refunds and Exchanges
REFUNDS: I usually do not offer refunds or exchanges except in special situations involving work that has arrived damaged or broken. Please contact me immediately upon discovery of any damaged shipment.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS: I love the challenge of creating custom orders, but to get them just right takes time—up to six weeks in some instances, depending on your request, my availability, and where I am in my firing schedule. If your order is quite large, I may request partial payment to cover time and materials needed to complete your order.

If you like the shape of an item in my store but would prefer it in a different one of my glazes, I can remake that item, but the dimensions may differ slightly. Likewise, multiples of an item (ex: 4 bowls) may differ slightly in size and shape.

ADDITIONAL POLICIES AND FAQs:
- Inquiries from galleries, independent shops, and boutiques are welcome.
- Depending on the item and quantities desired, I can provide wholesale pricing. Please message me for details.
- I will offer items to local shops on consignment as requested.
- All of my pottery is lead free and microwave/oven/dishwasher safe unless noted otherwise.