Functional, Handmade Pottery

Glendale, California 263 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Functional, Handmade Pottery

Glendale, California | 263 Sales

Nicole LL Dacey

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Nicole LL Dacey


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About NicoleDaceyPottery

Sales 263
On Etsy since 2017

Nicole Dacey: East Coast Girl, West Coast Potter.

I've been making pottery regularly since 2011, starting out in Massachusetts and now living in sunny California!

Being away from New England, where I spent my whole life and where my family live, has been difficult. But I've found a way to connect with my memories of home and family through my ceramics. I love creating items that make me think of Sunday dinners with the family, sharing a cup of coffee with my mom, Fourth of July cookouts, or cheery Christmas mornings. I try to find the beauty in simplicity, and allow that to connect with the functionality of clay. I find a deep inner joy from the idea of families and friends gathered around a meal served in my dishes, or snuggled up in front of the fireplace with one of my mugs to keep their fingers toasty.

I also create what I call Masshole Pottery! These are mostly mugs, but also other forms, that have a saying, or slang words, or just a colloquialism from Massachusetts or New England in general. It makes me laugh, and feel connected to my home and my roots in a lighthearted way.

Pottery is meant to last, and I hope that my pieces will become incorporated into your lives, from the yearly traditions to the simple everyday rituals.

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Last updated on Jul 2, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Is the item I bought microwave safe?

Yes, unless they contain metal. You cannot microwave items that contain iron flecks or gold luster.

Is this plate/bowl/mug dishwasher safe?

Yes, unless otherwise stated in the item description. However if you are worried about the longevity of your piece, hand washing is a great way to reduce the likelihood of any damage.

Custom and personalized orders

I am not currently taking custom orders.

Will my item look like the example picture?

Yes and no! If the listing is for a single item, then you'll receive the one in the photo. If there are multiples available of an item, then you will receive a piece that looks very similar to the one in the picture. All pieces are handmade from start to finish, so construction and glazing will vary slightly from piece to piece. Your piece will be unique even among similar designs.

Are the glazes food safe?

All functional ware is food safe. Some items may not be food safe, but these are usually non-food items anyway. Please read the item descriptions for more detail. If you're still not sure, please feel free to message me.

I bought more than one item; Can they be shipped in one box?

Not all items can be packaged together, but if the items can fit in one box without fear of damage, then I will package them together. However in some cases and at my discretion, I will need to add a special handling fee in order to ensure the items are not mishandled en route. Any shipping overages will be refunded.

Is wood ash food safe?

Wood Ash melts and hardens like glass, leaving small cracks in the decoration. This could allow liquid foods to seep into the cracks and settle there. If it is not cleaned out thoroughly, bacteria could grow in the cracks. Wood Ash is dishwasher safe, so I suggest if you choose to use your wood ash piece for liquid foods, wash in a dishwasher, where the high heat and detergents will kill bacteria. Hand washing may not be good enough to clean between cracks. If wood ash is used on the exterior of a piece where no food will touch, there if nothing to worry about.

Are raku pieces water/food/dishwasher safe?

No, raku pieces are purely decorative. Raku pottery is fired at a lower temperature, and so the clay does not vitrify. Vitrification is responsible for its impermeability to water, and so raku pottery is not watertight. If you put water into the piece, it will eventually seep out and you'll find a puddle around your piece. You can use the raku piece to hold solid dry items, for example potpourri.