OffCenterClay

Lizella, Georgia · 1099 Sales

OffCenterClay

Lizella, Georgia 1099 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome! If you are interested in handmade, high-fire stoneware and porcelain pottery thrown with the emphasis on gesture and movement, then maybe you'll find something you like here.

Many years ago I learned to throw perfectly centered pots. Now, I believe some of my best pots are thrown without being perfectly centered or are deliberately knocked off center after being centered—thus the name, Off Center Clay. A good pot is every bit as expressive as the best painting or sculpture, plus functional ceramic art appeals to the sense of touch more than any other art form—a hot cup of tea in your hand, a cup of coffee to your lips.

SAFETY:
All the pots that are made to contain food or drink are food-safe, microwave-safe, and dishwasher-safe.

SHIPPING:
In order to prevent the Post Office and UPS from damaging pots, I take a lot of time packing and double box or use lots of packing material.

If you buy multiple items Etsy's estimated shipping may be more than the actual cost. If it is I will send you a refund for the overcharge. If you are buying multiple items and think the shipping charge is too much, let me know, but keep in mind that shipping pottery is very expensive because of the weight of fired clay, its fragility, and the packing.

The closer you live to Georgia, the cheaper the shipping.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS:

I do ship internationally. You can find the cost of shipping in the store unless you live in a country that I do not ship to because of problems with delivery, customs or insurance or because other retailers have reported problems shipping to the country you live in (such as Italy, Russia, and Brazil). Shipping will be expensive because the over-packing necessary to avoid breakage adds weight to the package. If It turns out I can ship for significantly less than you were charged (likely if you buy several items) I will refund the overpayment.

ORDERS OVER $120 (not including shipping) use coupon code OVER120 to get 15% off.

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 30, 2016

Welcome! If you are interested in handmade, high-fire stoneware and porcelain pottery thrown with the emphasis on gesture and movement, then maybe you'll find something you like here.

Many years ago I learned to throw perfectly centered pots. Now, I believe some of my best pots are thrown without being perfectly centered or are deliberately knocked off center after being centered—thus the name, Off Center Clay. A good pot is every bit as expressive as the best painting or sculpture, plus functional ceramic art appeals to the sense of touch more than any other art form—a hot cup of tea in your hand, a cup of coffee to your lips.

SAFETY:
All the pots that are made to contain food or drink are food-safe, microwave-safe, and dishwasher-safe.

SHIPPING:
In order to prevent the Post Office and UPS from damaging pots, I take a lot of time packing and double box or use lots of packing material.

If you buy multiple items Etsy's estimated shipping may be more than the actual cost. If it is I will send you a refund for the overcharge. If you are buying multiple items and think the shipping charge is too much, let me know, but keep in mind that shipping pottery is very expensive because of the weight of fired clay, its fragility, and the packing.

The closer you live to Georgia, the cheaper the shipping.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS:

I do ship internationally. You can find the cost of shipping in the store unless you live in a country that I do not ship to because of problems with delivery, customs or insurance or because other retailers have reported problems shipping to the country you live in (such as Italy, Russia, and Brazil). Shipping will be expensive because the over-packing necessary to avoid breakage adds weight to the package. If It turns out I can ship for significantly less than you were charged (likely if you buy several items) I will refund the overpayment.

ORDERS OVER $120 (not including shipping) use coupon code OVER120 to get 15% off.

Jim Sandefur

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Jim Sandefur

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Transcending The Functional

I am a studio potter in Lizella, Georgia. Most of the year I concentrate on functional pottery that hopefully transcends its functionality at least a little. These are the pots I sell on Etsy. Part of the year I concentrate on making pots that transcend the functional to the point that function takes a distant second place to expression. These are pots for shows and galleries.

Let's face it, a plastic pitcher is far more functional than a stoneware pitcher made by a studio potter. The plastic pitcher is lighter, transparent, has a flexible lid, doesn't drip, is dirt cheap and doesn't break. The aesthetic value of the wheel-thrown, handmade pitcher is the only thing it has to justify it costing thirty times more than the plastic pitcher.

Beauty is, as the saying goes, "in the eye of the beholder" and a search on Etsy is bound to pull up many pots that make even the cheap plastic pitcher look good, but we all shoot for beauty and sometimes hit fairly close to the bull's-eye. A good pot is every bit as expressive as the best painting or sculpture, plus functional ceramic art appeals to the sense of touch more than any other art form -- a hot cup of tea in your hand, a cup of coffee to your lips.

I studied pottery under Don Penny at Valdosta State in the early 70’s. In the mid-70’s I made a living in Colorado as a potter. My pots have been exhibited in the Denver Art Museum and galleries in Denver, Boulder, Santa Fe, Taos and other places. For several years I taught classes for the Denver Potters Guild. I stopped potting in the late '70's.

I started potting again in 2007 by firing the first pots I had made in over thirty years in Roger Jamison’s anagama near Juliette, Georgia. Since I ended my 30-year sabbatical I have been accepted in some of the most prestigious galleries and shows in the country and a collector for the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California has purchased several of my wood-fired pots for a future permanent collection there.

In the '70's pottery was a job, now it is a passion.

Off Center Clay by Jim Sandefur

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Last updated on April 29, 2015
Many years ago I learned to throw perfectly centered pots. Now, I believe some of my best pots are thrown without being perfectly centered or are deliberately knocked off center after being centered—thus the name, Off Center Clay. A good pot is every bit as expressive as the best painting or sculpture, plus functional ceramic art appeals to the sense of touch more than any other art form—a hot cup of tea in your hand, a cup of coffee to your lips.

Please take a minute to check out the policies below and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for shopping at Off Center Clay!

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Payment
I accept Paypal, credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Wallet, etc.

Retuning customers get 10% off by using the following coupon code: OLDCUST.
Shipping
Orders are very carefully packed and shipped the next business day. In the states I ship Priority Mail, Parcel Select, Priority Mail Express, or UPS.

I ship Internationally to many countries. I do not ship to some countries where I've had problems with delivery, customs, or insurance, or other retailers have reported problems with lost shipments (such as Italy, Russia, and Brazil). Internationally I ship Priority Mail International and Priority Mail Express International.

In order to pack pots to prevent the Post Office and UPS from damaging them, they have to be very carefully packed with a lot of packing material, so shipping is expensive, especially internationally.

If you buy multiple items the shipping charge may be considerably more than the actual cost. If it is I will send you a refund for the overcharge. If you are buying multiple items and think the shipping charge is too much, let me know, but keep in mind that shipping pottery is very expensive because of the weight of fired clay and its fragility.

The closer you live to Georgia, the cheaper the shipping.
Refunds and Exchanges
Customer Satisfaction Guarantee: If, for any reason, you are not happy with your purchase, return the pottery (undamaged, carefully packed and insured) within 10 days of receipt for a full refund of the purchase price. Shipping is not refunded.

Shipping both ways is refunded if the problem is caused by a mistake on my part or a defect in the pottery. Again, it must be returned within 10 days of receipt (You have 10 days to ship it back. It may take 15 or so days for us to receive it.)

If the pottery arrives damaged due to shipping, put the pottery back in the box packed the way it was before you opened it and contact me so that I can file a claim with the USPS or UPS.
Additional policies and FAQs
Returning customers get 10% off by using the following coupon code: OLDCUST.

If you place an order totaling more than $150 not counting shipping use the following coupon to get 10% off: OVER150

if you place an order totaling more than $250 not counting shipping use the following coupon to get 15% off: OVER250

For information about getting additional discounts for orders over $500 or wholesale orders please contact me here at Etsy or sandefur.jim [!at] gmail.com.

ONLY ONE COUPON PER ORDER.

Please checkout my website at JimSandefur.com.