Announcement   Welcome to my shop! I make fun contemporary functional porcelain pottery that is hand made on the potters wheel. I hand decorate each piece. I am on Instagram and Facebook @emilymacfarlandceramics. If you live in or near Des Moines please enter LOCAL under coupon code to cancel out shipping costs.


Last updated on Sep 22, 2017

Welcome to my shop! I make fun contemporary functional porcelain pottery that is hand made on the potters wheel. I hand decorate each piece. I am on Instagram and Facebook @emilymacfarlandceramics. If you live in or near Des Moines please enter LOCAL under coupon code to cancel out shipping costs.

Emily MacFarland

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Emily MacFarland


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Contemporary decorative pottery for special occasions and daily use.

I am a working ceramic artist living in Des Moines, Ia. I make elegant brightly patterned functional pottery. My work fuses functional everyday pottery with lively brightly patterned paintings. All of my work is handmade on the potters wheel and hand decorated using my own designs. I am inspired by vintage American and Japanese fabric and wallpaper. Along with pottery and tile designs from the Middle East, South America, and Poland. I think of the different fabrics used in quilting to create motifs on my pieces. I like to play around with the division of space, and the combination of different patterns.

Most of my pieces take between three and six hours of hands on time depending on size and complexity of the shape and surface design. I take my time, working diligently with care to create well crafted pottery that is functional but also pretty and fun to use.  My decorating process is time consuming because of the many steps. But it allows me to explore fabric like designs with texture on a 3-D piece.

  My pottery is decorated by using colored underglazes that are painted on the clay when it is still wet but no longer pliable. I hand draw my designs on each piece, some use traced paper cutouts to increase accuracy. After drawing the design I carve through the underglaze to reveal the clay beneath. This method of decorating is called sgraffito. I combine sgraffito, stamping, and slip trailing in my work to get the patterns I desire.

Along with being an artist I am also a stay at home mother to three pre-teen and teen-age children.  I work from home in my garage studio. This arrangement allows me space to work, but also allows me to be present for my children. 

I studied art and ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and Kirkwood Community College- Cedar Rapids. I spent approximately 13 years staying at home with my children and practicing my craft when time allowed. This long expanse of time allowed my style to evolve slowly over time and for me to improve my skills. I began selling my work in May of 2014.

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    I am a ceramic artist who fuses elegant, functional pottery with brightly patterned surface design. All of my work is handmade on the potters wheel using porcelain clay. It is hand decorated using my own designs. I am also a mother of three.

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Last updated on February 11, 2016
Welcome to MacFarland Pottery! all work is 100% made by me, Emily. My work starts out on the potter's wheel. Some pieces are then altered or have hand-built attributes added. Each piece is then decorated by hand using a combination of slip-trailing, stamping, sgraffito and brushwork. All drawings and patterns are my original ideas and are drawn/stamped individually on each pot.

I use both commercial underglazes and glazes I mix to decorate my pottery. The colors in the glazes are formulated by me. Because each piece is individually handmade there may be slight variations in color, shape, design ,etc.

I invite you to check out my website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Accepted payment methods

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Returns and exchanges
Please contact me within 24 hours of receiving an item if there is breakage due to shipping. Please include photos of work and packing. Please keep the packing materials.

I want you to be happy with the work you purchase. I know photos do not always depict the work accurately. If you are not satisfied with your purchase please contact me within 5 days of receipt. The customer is responsible for the safe return of the work along with the shipping costs.
I accept all major credit cards along with Easy gift cards. I do not currently accept PayPal if you feel more comfortable going through PayPal please get in touch with me. If you would like to purchase something using an international currency please email me.
After an order is received I will email you to confirm purchase and ship-to address. I will also let you know when I plan on shipping the item and what the expected arrival date will be. Items are shipped within 1-3 business days. I use USPS priority shipping for most of my orders. Pottery will be shipped upon receipt of payment.

Everything shipped is hand packed by me. Shipping pottery requires styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard to ensure safe arrival. I use recycled materials whenever possible to cut down on waste and to save my customers money. Part of my shipping costs go to buy shipping materials.

*If shipping costs are lower than listed I will refund your card.*

If you live near Des Moines you can use the coupon LOCAL to cancel out shipping costs. Please start a conversation with me so we can arrange delivery.

Iowa residents will be charged a 6% sales tax.

I do not currently ship internationally but if you are interested in having something shipped internationally please email me.


If the item you purchase is a gift please let me know I can gift wrap and send it directly to the recipient. I do not include invoices in any of my packages. This information is available for download on your Etsy page. If you have any questions, concerns or special requests please contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do not usually take on commissions that are different from the pieces already in my line of work. I would be willing to make something in a different color using colors from my color palette. Special requests take 1-4 months to complete depending on where I am in my production cycle.

Pottery care-

All work is food-safe. I do not use lead in my glazes. The pottery I make may be put in the oven and microwave. Although the items are dishwasher safe I recommend hand washing to prolong the original appearance of the work. The dishwasher is a harsh environment and is hard on artwork.