Earthy, rustic, and functional wheel thrown pottery

New Castle, Indiana

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Announcement    Made by hand, inspired by creation. I love the subtle colors and variations of the earth, rocks, water, the sky; all of these provide inspiration for forms, shapes, and colors that I use. Glazes are food safe and may be used in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher, unless otherwise noted


Last updated on Jun 18, 2020

Made by hand, inspired by creation. I love the subtle colors and variations of the earth, rocks, water, the sky; all of these provide inspiration for forms, shapes, and colors that I use. Glazes are food safe and may be used in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher, unless otherwise noted


Loretta Wray

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Loretta Wray


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About LorettaWrayPottery

Sales 184
On Etsy since 2010

This is My Story

I love my commute to work. I walk out my back door with a cup of coffee in my hand and traipse about 20 yards to the door of my studio. The only traffic I have to contend with consists of dogs or chickens, or goats and the various items they deposit on my sidewalk!

I love making pottery. I believe we're all intrinsically wired with an urge to create something. I believe it stems from our Creator (known to me as God) but I won't dwell on that aspect of my life. Apparently some folks can find it offensive, or at the least archaic.

I took every art class I could in high school. I enjoyed them all: drawing, painting, pottery, lost wax casting, drama, music! I went to a prestigious art school to study graphic art.....for all of 6 weeks. I hated it. I missed my sweetie. I came home and got married and started a family.

I felt somewhat isolated during those years. Most women my age in the 80s were going to college or starting careers. Being a stay-at-home mom was definitely NOT considered cool. I loved it, but I always had this nagging feeling that I should be "doing something." So I squeezed in some pottery classes when we had the money and I had the time.

My husband was pretty supportive, even though he didn't really understand why I enjoyed being up to my elbows in mud. Over the years, I managed to collect a wheel and a kiln and scrounge some space in the basement or on the back porch.

It seems like I blinked and my kids were grown up and gone on to start their own lives. My husband sold his share in the family business, we sold our house and made plans to live in our camper and see the country. About a month after our house sold, our daughter told us that our first grandchild was on the way.

We did manage to spend 6 months in Asheville, NC, living in our camper. While living there I took pottery classes at the Odyssey Center from a couple of prolific potters and soaked up the creative juices of many more potters whose names I had previously only heard of or seen in the pages of Ceramics Monthly. Apparently western North Carolina is conducive to pottery production.

We eventually moved to Indiana, into a beautiful, crooked, drafty old farmhouse about an hour from our grand-babies and about an hour from our hometown in Ohio. The house came with 18 acres, a kick-butt garage, and awesome neighbors who plow our long driveway in the winter and share gardening tips in the summer. These neighbors included a very talented and generous potter who helped me build a soda kiln on our property and found me some other used equipment that allowed me to start my adventure as a "full-time" potter.

I love working in the studio, so much so, that I struggle with prioritizing my time! I still feel like I should get my chores done first (and I love most of my chores, like working in the garden, canning salsa, or cleaning out the chicken coop!) I also enjoy spending time with my grand-children, and since I know how quickly they'll grow up, I NEVER feel guilty about letting the pottery languish in the damp box while I trek to Indy to pay them a visit, or have them out to fly kites, walk in the woods, or blow bubbles on our deck!

I manage to crank out a few pots in spite of my distractions and am thankful to have Etsy as a venue to keep my shelves from overflowing with glorified paperweights and future Hoosier artifacts. I enjoy conversing with my customers who come from all walks of life and share my love of things earthy, organic, and functional!

Shop members

  • Ellie-Mae

    Greeting Committee

    No squirrels allowed!!

  • Papa Coche

    Wake-up Committee

    Oversees reduction of insect population and production of nutritious breakfast offerings.

  • Loretta Wray


    Made by hand, inspired by creation. I love the "every day" aspect of pottery as an art form. My work is inspired by the outdoors. I love the subtle colors and variations of the earth, rocks, water, the sky, it all provides my inspiration.

  • Twiggy & Shelby

    Clean-up Committee

    They love to hang out at my Open Studios and won't let a crumb hit the floor!

Shop policies

Last updated on September 10, 2018
My pottery is hand-made. Most pieces are hand-built. The clay is stoneware. Some is fired in my electric kiln to cone (around 2200 degrees F./1200 degrees C.). Occasionally I fire work in my soda kiln to cone 10 (approx. 2400 degrees F./ 1300 degrees C.) This will be noted in the description. Any glazes that are used are food safe and all the pieces are oven, dishwasher and microwave safe.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Hand-made work may vary from piece to piece. I have included pictures and a description that should give you a good idea of what you're purchasing. If you are unhappy with your purchase, you may return it for a refund within five days of receiving the item, at your cost of shipping. I will refund your purchase price minus the cost of shipping the item. All sales are final after five days of receipt of purchase.

Should your item arrive damaged due to shipping, please save all packing material and items broken exactly as it arrived. Contact me as soon as possible and we can work out the return shipping. I will refund you for your purchase or ship you an exchange item.

Any damage from general use will not be considered for a refund.
Payment is due within 24 hours of purchase. I accept payment through Paypal and Direct Check-out. Orders will be shipped as soon as payment has cleared. Indiana residents must pay 7% sales tax.
Orders will be carefully packaged and shipped via USPS priority mail insured mail. Shipping prices include the cost of packing materials and handling. I ship all domestic packages via USPS Priority Mail. If I receive an order before 2 pm on weekdays, I will do my best to ship your package that day. If I receive the order after 2pm, I will try to ship it the following business day. I will send you a convo letting you know your package has shipped and include tracking information so you can follow its progress.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please contact me if you have any questions about the pottery, policies, or shipping methods. If you would like more detailed pictures they can be provided upon request.

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