modern stoneware and porcelain ceramics

Vancouver, Canada

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Note from shop owner Hello and welcome to Obvious Object! The online shop is currently sold out, and will reopen when new work is ready to ship. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions in the meantime!

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Hello and welcome to Obvious Object! The online shop is currently sold out, and will reopen when new work is ready to ship. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions in the meantime!


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About ObviousObject

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On Etsy since 2014

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Obvious Object is a tiny ceramics studio in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada.

We specialize in functional, light-weight stoneware and porcelain. Every piece is formed by hand, trimmed by hand, and glazed by hand.

We are inspired by the aesthetics of early Japanese and Korean pottery, as well as the quiet, timeless shapes formed by more modern potters. We work to offer an alternative to mass-produced goods: real objects that are durable, useful, individual, and beautiful.

People tell us that our work feels different than most hand-made ceramics. Please take your time looking around our shop and website, and let us know what interests you.

Please get in touch if you have a specific object in mind - we are happy to work with you on custom requests!

Shop members

  • Maya

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Welcome to Obvious Object! I design and make modern, clean-lined ceramics, working from a studio surrounded by the forest in the mountains of BC, Canada. All pieces are made individually and I complete each step of the process by hand.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Welcome! Obvious Object offers a range of individually designed ceramics. Specializing in modern stoneware and porcelain tableware, we also offer a selection of one-of-a-kind, functional, contemporary ceramics for the home, including planters, lamps, and ceramic chimes. An ever-changing range of handmade buttons and beads rounds out our selection. Each piece has been individually made by hand in British Columbia, Canada.

Accepted payment methods

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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
Returns and exchange details
All items are packed securely and ship with tracking numbers and insurance. If you have any questions about your order upon arrival, please contact me directly. Please note that due to the cost of shipping ceramics, I do not normally process returns or exchanges (shipping costs cannot be refunded).
Credit card and PayPal accepted. I will ship your order as soon as possible upon receiving payment. Please note that orders can be cancelled up until the time they are shipped; once shipped, Obvious Object cannot accept cancellations.
Your order will arrive securely packed. Shipping is most often by Canada Post airmail, with a parcel tracking number for most destinations. I am happy to ship worldwide, and can often combine items for reduced shipping costs. Please get in touch if you have any questions about shipping options!
Additional policies and FAQs
Outside of busy holiday seasons, I can often accept requests for wholesale and custom orders. As each piece is made by hand and must be allowed to dry very slowly and carefully before being fired in the kiln, there can be a long lead-time for these special orders - please contact me as early as possible to discuss your idea. Payment for custom orders is usually due at the time items are ready to ship.

More information

Last updated on May 18, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders

Custom orders may be possible depending on the current work schedule. Please contact me with your request. Custom order usually take 4-6 weeks before they're ready to ship. Payment is due only when pieces are finished and ready to ship.

Care instructions

All stoneware and porcelain ceramics are microwave and dishwasher safe. All of the glazes are mixed here in the studio, so we know their exact composition and that they are food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe.

Cork lids for travel mugs should be hand-washed in hot water.

Wholesale availability

Wholesale orders are accepted only in exceptional cases.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Your order will arrive securely packed in recycled packing material. Packing ceramics safely is something of a science in itself, and in this regard we are far more interested in function than in aesthetics. The packing material may not be especially beautiful, but it will keep your items safe in transit!

Shipping methods

All items ship from the studio here in BC, Canada, via Canada Post. Tracking numbers and insurance are provided for all Canadian and US orders, and for some international orders. If you have any issue with your order upon receipt, please contact me directly.

Shipping times

I ship all in-stock items as soon as possible after the order is received (within 1-2 business days whenever possible). If you'd like to cancel your order, this may be possible up to the time your parcel is shipped; once shipped, orders cannot be cancelled.

"Seconds sales"

Very occasionally, "seconds" are available at a discount (usually 25% off) due to slight glaze flaws, etc. These are not normally listed on Etsy, but may be available if you contact me directly.

Range of items

At any one time, only a small selection of items is shown on Etsy. Many other pieces are available here in the studio - it simply isn't possible to photograph and list everything, especially since many pieces are made as one-of-a-kind items and not in multiples. Please get in touch if you're interested in finding out what else is available here in the studio. The selection changes frequently!