PotterybyOsa

Handmade terracotta pottery by Osa Atoe

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1168 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars (253)

PotterybyOsa

Handmade terracotta pottery by Osa Atoe

Baton Rouge, Louisiana | 1168 Sales

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Note from shop owner Hello, I’m in the process of reconfiguring my shop and hope to be back open by the end of the August 2019. Please sign up for my newsletter to be notified as soon as I re-open and new items are listed: potterybyosa.com/contact. Thank you!

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Last updated on Aug 17, 2019

Hello, I’m in the process of reconfiguring my shop and hope to be back open by the end of the August 2019. Please sign up for my newsletter to be notified as soon as I re-open and new items are listed: potterybyosa.com/contact. Thank you!

Osa Atoe

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Osa Atoe

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About

From Punk Musician to Potter

I've been a musician since I was a little girl. I started off playing violin in school orchestra and then got into punk music as a teen. I started band after band, and toured all over the country and even to Europe throughout my 20s. I started taking pottery classes once a week at a local studio in the fall of 2012. At the time I was playing bass guitar in a band called Negation. When that band dissolved, as punk bands are prone to do, I began to pour all of my creative energy into pottery. The great thing about it is that I don't have to schedule my creative time with anyone else the way I did when I was in bands. I can make pottery early in the morning or late at night if I want to. And I can rock out to my favorite bands while I work!

The qualities I have come to love most in music are rawness & simplicity. I really appreciate minimalism, but with a unique, sometimes experimental touch. I strive to apply these aesthetic values to pottery with every piece I create. I've always believed that less is more. When I started working with terracotta or red clay, I became instantly enamored with it. The clay body is so beautiful, I wanted to leave it to speak for itself as much as possible instead of covering it up in layers upon layers of glaze. This is why I choose to leave portions of my pots raw or unglazed. I also find that this adds an earthy and textural feel to each piece.

My family is from Nigeria and I've been fortunate enough to travel there several times throughout my life to visit family. My last trip there was in July 2014. I'd been making pottery for about two years before that and had been working with terracotta for only a few months at that point. As the plane descended upon Lagos, I saw that the landscape was streaked with the very same rusty red color of my favorite clay. Traditional Nigerian pottery is typically made with the red clay that is widely available throughout the region. Could this be one of the reasons I feel so strongly attracted to terracotta? I'd like to think so. Either way, I am happy to connect my ancestry to my craft.

I feel that I am at the very beginning of my journey as a potter and I can't wait to see how my craft evolves throughout the years. For now, I hope that you've enjoyed my story and that my handmade pots bring creative inspiration into your life with each use. If you are a beginning craftsperson like me, remember that a piece does not have to be technically complicated to be good. Oftentimes, less is indeed more.

Thank you for reading! (December 2016)

Shop members

  • Osa Atoe

    Creator

    I'm a musician turned potter living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I started taking community pottery classes about five years ago and found a new obsession.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 25, 2017
Welcome to Pottery by Osa!

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
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
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, please contact me directly. It is important that all of my customers feel satisfied with their order, whether that means a full or partial refund or exchanging the item you got for another that meets your expectations.
Shipping
All packages are securely packaged (see my reviews) and also insured. Incidence of breakage during shipping is very rare. But, if you do receive a package containing items that were damaged during shipping, find the tracking number on your invoice, take photos of the damage and visit this website to file an insurance claim: https://www.usps.com/help/claims.htm. Don't worry, it's a simple form to fill out and they WILL pay you back! After you are reimbursed, you may re-order your items if you wish.