PotterybyJolene

Pottery that is Wheel Thrown, Altered or Slab Built

South Hill, Washington · 1347 Sales

PotterybyJolene

Pottery that is Wheel Thrown, Altered or Slab Built

South Hill, Washington 1347 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(576)
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5 out of 5 stars
(576)
Chantell

Chantell on May 22, 2018

4 out of 5 stars

It was a joy to do business with the owner jolene. The carafe and coffee cups I had custom made were made very well. I plan on enjoying them for a long time.

Monica Chriscoe

Monica Chriscoe on May 7, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely perfect! Jolene was wonderful and super helpful with creating exactly what I wanted... such beautiful work!

Sue Tucker

Sue Tucker on May 6, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I love the shape of this piece. The weight pulled it slightly off, but it’s what I’d call a happy accident. Love it! Quirky! Quick shipping - Saturday to Monday across the country. Very well packaged.

Sue Tucker

Sue Tucker on May 6, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This is such a fun mug! It cracks me up every time I look at it. Very fast shipping - sent on Saturday, arrived Monday from the opposite coast. Wow!

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Updates

The teapots need to be bone dry before they can safely be fired in the kiln. These are still too moist
After the candle holder has been trimmed on the bottom then I begin decorating the rest of the candle holder. In this case I made an Ivy designs.
The orchid pot is on the drying shelves before the first firing. The clay must be bone dry or it will explode during the firing. I know this from first hand experience!
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About

Life Long Dream Comes True

Pottery has been in my life since college days at Portland State University in the 70's. As a change from my studies in French and Economics I signed up for every pottery class I could get into for enjoyment and change of pace. I was lucky enough to have Wally Schwab and Don Spraque as my teachers and role models.

While I was still in college I decided that when I could afford it I would get a kiln and wheel and makes pots at home. But business came first and I owned and operated a successful telephone answering service for 28 years. All along clay was calling my name and in 1995 I couldn't wait any longer and I started going to the local community college to get back into clay. Due to changes in the answering service industry and the fact that I was ready for a new life, I sold my business in 1998. I took a year and a half off to play, but then had to get a job to keep medical insurance coverage. It was quite a change working an 8 hour day rather than the long hours a self employed person does, but it was still "work".

For the next few years I shared a "garagio" with my dear friends and fellow potters, Margrethe and Jane. The three of us spent just about every weekend together and we learned so much from each other. We met at the local community college where Margrethe was the Continuing Education Pottery Instructor. I was the Queen of Slip and Jane was a phenomenal hand builder. We had such a great time together! We divided up the studio equipment in 2003 because we were moving along in life. Since I couldn't consider life without clay my dream finally came true. It was then, in 2003, that I finally purchased my own kiln and wheel and I haven't stopped making pots since.

I retired from my day job in 2008 due to circumstances beyond my control and have been happily makes pots to subsidize my life style ever since.

Shop members

  • Sandy, 10 years experience

    Morale Officer

    Sandy usually sits on my green ware shelves. She is very careful to avoid breaking any pots.

  • Boopsie, 13 years experience

    Shift Supervisor

    Boopsie makes sure I get out of the garagio in time to feed her.

  • Jolene, the Potter, most senior member of the team

    Owner

  • Sam, the Man Cat lazing as usual

    4 Years On Duty...if You Can Call It That!

    Walking on the computer, sending emails before they're ready, etc.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 4, 2016
Welcome!

My bowls, mugs, plates, in fact all serving pieces, are created to be used and functional. Therefore I use only lead-free, food-safe glazes that are commercially prepared. They are fired to cone 5-6 and are dishwasher and microwave friendly. Every item is hand made and fired in my garagio. I sign each piece. I like to create functional pieces that also look pretty on display.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If the pottery is damaged in shipment everything will be done to send a replacement. If a replacement isn't possible a full refund will be issued. I insure my shipments so all proof of damage would be helpful for my claim. A photo of the broken pot and the damaged box is greatly appreciated.
Shipping
Most purchases are shipped the first business day after the purchase. Packages over a pound are usually shipped USPS Priority Mail. If another method of shipping such as Fedex, UPS, etc. will save time and money it may be done.

I do ship International. The cost varies by the weight of the pottery purchased, size of the box and destination. Please contact me for a personalized quote.

All pieces are packaged as carefully as possible. If there is a problem in shipping everything will be done to either replace the item with a comparable or refund the purchase price.

I use recycled products for packaging when possible.