PotsByJerry

Unique classic pottery made by Jerry Abend

Wheaton, Illinois · 13 Sales

PotsByJerry

Unique classic pottery made by Jerry Abend

Wheaton, Illinois 13 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(4)

Announcement   Jerry Abend's Pottery -- Clay speaks to me. I hear it through my palm and fingers. It tells me when to make a wall thinner, taller. It tells me where it wants to form a curve. I help the clay become what it wants to be. Like a parent, I recognize a basic shape to move toward. Like a teacher I encourage the clay to become all it can be. Potters speak of centering the clay, but I do my best work when I am centered. I hold my breath when I pull the clay, press the bottom of a pot, smooth the wall, set the rim. Fresh clay resists manipulation, but it responds by taking lovely form when I am patient, firm, respectful.

I came to pottery after a career as a teacher and business writer – producing intangibles. When I do pottery I produce something tangible. So, for me pottery is balance. And for me pottery is something to share.

I work with various glazes. For pots that want to be covered with colors, I encourage them to dress with elegance and to show variety in tone and temperament.

Incidentally, each one of my pieces is signed and uniquely identified with a set of numbers indicating the month and year fired and an item number.

Finally, the stated shipping cost for each piece is based on USPS Flat Rates, but actual shipping will be what is most economical and secure. Since shipping charges are based on several factors including the longest distance from my home, I will refund any over payment of shipping costs back to you via PayPal or Etsy.

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Last updated on Mar 22, 2016

Jerry Abend's Pottery -- Clay speaks to me. I hear it through my palm and fingers. It tells me when to make a wall thinner, taller. It tells me where it wants to form a curve. I help the clay become what it wants to be. Like a parent, I recognize a basic shape to move toward. Like a teacher I encourage the clay to become all it can be. Potters speak of centering the clay, but I do my best work when I am centered. I hold my breath when I pull the clay, press the bottom of a pot, smooth the wall, set the rim. Fresh clay resists manipulation, but it responds by taking lovely form when I am patient, firm, respectful.

I came to pottery after a career as a teacher and business writer – producing intangibles. When I do pottery I produce something tangible. So, for me pottery is balance. And for me pottery is something to share.

I work with various glazes. For pots that want to be covered with colors, I encourage them to dress with elegance and to show variety in tone and temperament.

Incidentally, each one of my pieces is signed and uniquely identified with a set of numbers indicating the month and year fired and an item number.

Finally, the stated shipping cost for each piece is based on USPS Flat Rates, but actual shipping will be what is most economical and secure. Since shipping charges are based on several factors including the longest distance from my home, I will refund any over payment of shipping costs back to you via PayPal or Etsy.

Jerry Abend

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(4)
KK

KK on Jul 29, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Sits Right on my dresser. Really different ceramic piece, but still neutral and can be used for anything! I love mine.

Stephanie Burnes

Stephanie Burnes on Nov 6, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Greener than I expected, but still a beautiful work of art. Shipped fast and packaged well.

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About

My approach to pottery grows from a lifetime of being a parent, teacher, writer, and listener.

Clay speaks to me. I hear it through my palm and fingers. It tells me when to make a wall thinner, taller. It tells me where it wants to form a curve. I help the clay become what it wants to be. Like a parent, I recognize a basic shape to move toward. Like a teacher I encourage the clay to become all it can be. Potters speak of centering the clay, but I do my best work when I am centered. I hold my breath when I pull the clay, press the bottom of a pot, smooth the wall, set the rim. Fresh clay resists manipulation, but it responds by taking lovely form when I am patient, firm, respectful.

I have been doing ceramics for over 15 years. I began clay work at Harper College’s ceramics studio. During that time I developed my wheel throwing, handbuilding, glazing, and raku techniques. After moving to the western suburbs I became a Resident Artist at ClaySpace Ceramics Arts Studio.I work with various glazes. For pots that want to be covered with colors, I encourage them to dress with elegance and to show variety in tone and temperament.

For many of my pots I have used a raku technique achieved by super heating bisque-ware and then burning horsehair on its surface. One of my daughters is a professional violinist, and for many of my pots I use materials salvaged from restrung violin bows. If you listen carefully to one of my pots you may hear a melody once present in its development. This finishing process is very dynamic. The finish is burned into the pot in an instant. Each strand of hair responds to the heat differently. Like snowflakes, no two pots could ever look the same. Turn the piece and see variety at every angle.

I came to pottery after a career as a teacher and business writer – producing intangibles. When I do pottery I produce something tangible. So, for me pottery is balance. And for me pottery is something to share.

Shop members

  • Jerry Abend

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Ceramic Artist

    I have been doing ceramics for over 15 years. During that time I developed my wheel throwing, handbuilding, glazing, and raku techniques.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 22, 2016
Welcome to my shop!!! I hope you enjoy browsing the items I have listed.

My shop was created so that I can share my work and so my pottery can find good homes. Also, my wife wants me to clear some of the shelves in the basement.

Please send a message to me if you have any questions about my work. I am always happy to help. And, feedback is appreciated.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I want you to be satisfied with your purchase. If you decide you are not happy with your purchase please contact me. I will refund purchase price not including shipping fees once the item is returned to me (unbroken of course) within 2 weeks of your receiving the item.

If you receive an item that was broken in transit....please take photographs of the packing and broken item/s in one frame. More than one photo is a good idea. This will help if insurance was purchased for shipping of your item. Please notify me immediately if you receive a broken piece. Anything after 2 days of your receiving the package I will be unable to do anything about if it was not an insured parcel.
Payment
I accept PayPal payment in US Dollars. If you wish to pay with a money order, contact me so that arrangements can be made.

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need a PayPal Account to pay for your items through PayPal: You can choose the PayPal Option during checkout. After you submit your order click the "Pay Now" button. Scroll Down and you will see the option to pay with a Credit or Debit Card WITHOUT having to sign up for a PayPal account.

Payment must be made in full and have cleared before any items are shipped.
Shipping
The stated shipping cost for each piece may have been based on USPS Flat Rates, but ACTUAL SHIPPING WILL BE CALCULATED BASED ON THE METHOD THAT I FEEL IS BEST SUITED, MOST ECONOMICAL, AND MOST SECURE FOR THE PIECE(S) BEING SENT. Since shipping charges are based on several factors including the longest distance from my home. I WILL REFUND ANY OVER PAYMENT OF SHIPPING & HANDLING COSTS BACK TO YOU VIA PAYPAL OR ETSY.

I can ship via USPS Flat Rate, USPS Priority, UPS ground or FedEx ground. If you wish to specify use of one of these methods, please do so in the message to seller.

If you are purchasing a gift, please be sure to enter the correct shipping address during check out. If you would like a note included, enter that in the Notes to Seller along with any other instructions.

FOR DOMESTIC ORDERS (USA):

I ship via one of four methods: USPS Flat Rate, USPS Priority, UPS ground or FedEx ground. Shipping costs are calculated based on the method that is best suited, most economical and most secure for the piece(s) being sent. I will refund any over payment of shipping costs back to you via PayPal or Etsy.

If you wish to specify use of one of these methods, please do so in the message to seller and I will send a message to you any increase in the shipping amount.

Similarly, expedited shipping is available on request. Request it in the message to seller and I will send a message to you the increased amount.

Items usually ship within 3 to 5 days of receipt of payment. I will notify you if shipment is delayed.

FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS:

International packages are shipped using International First Class Mail for items under 4 pounds or Priority International for heavier shipments. Please allow 2-4 weeks for the delivery of your international package.

You are responsible for all duty, customs, or any other charges imposed by your country above and beyond the USPS (United States Postal Service) postal charges that you already paid. These may be due when you pick up your package.

I will do my best to check on any restrictions of what can be shipped before I send out a package. If for some reason your purchase can not legally be sent to you, I will refund your money.

Charges for international mail can be hard to estimate. If I have over charged you for shipping, I will refund the difference.
Additional policies and FAQs
About color: My photos were taken by digital camera with color setting. However, color varies from monitor-to-monitor and may not be an exact match to the piece itself.