Announcement Ceramic and Pottery one of a kind artistic handmade artisan housewares decorative and functional items for creative living and mindful giving by Tracey F Crockett
Ceramic and Pottery one of a kind artistic handmade artisan housewares decorative and functional items for creative living and mindful giving by Tracey F Crockett
savatey on Feb 9, 2016
Very beautiful sturdy mug! I love it!
"The entire process of creating with clay claimed my soul."
I immediately fell in love with the gooey, muddy mess and throwing on the wheel. It was very ironic considering I like my space to be very clean and organized. Throwing forced me to relax and focus on the ball of clay spinning in front of me, live 100% in the moment and forget the everyday stressors for a short period of time.
Opening the kiln door after a firing to see what spectacular glaze interactions have occurred is always an exciting surprise. I truly enjoy the entire creative process in ceramics, but glazing is an area that reflects my moments of wild abandon and my innate need to continuously push the limits and see if the glazes play well together to create spectacular results.
Whether I am in the studio or working on a project in my home to make it a more enjoyable, functional space for my family, I am in my most joyful state of mind when I am able to be creative.
When I am not working and singing loud and very out of tune in the studio or taking care of my two little boys, I enjoy hiking in the surrounding mountains or participating in an exercise class.
Each piece begins with the most natural, organic and individual of materials: clay.
Molded by hand, either hand-built or wheel-thrown, and sometimes a combination of both; the formed clay is then fired up at least two times (sometimes more). The process to create one piece of beautiful pottery is time consuming and takes special skills in age-old crafts.
Next the piece is hand trimmed, and decorative and functional clay pieces—such as handles or buttons— are created before the clay is fired.
Before the piece is placed on a drying rack, the piece is signed.
When the pottery is formed, fragile, and drying before it is fired in the kiln, it is called greenware.
The drying process can take three days to three weeks depending on the humidity and air temperature.
The greenware is carefully stacked into the kiln where it will stay for 24 hours in temperatures reaching 1,810 degrees.
This kiln firing hardens the greenware into bisque. After the glazes are added, most pieces will be back in the kiln for at least one more firing, while some pieces will be back in the kiln multiple times.
WAX & GLAZE
Each piece of my pottery will have a distinctive unglazed base or foot.
To keep this area unglazed during the decorating process, the bottom on the bisque piece is hand waxed with paraffin. Next, the entire piece is submerged in the glaze dip—a mixture of frit (ground glass) and other materials—and then set on a rack where it is ready for further decorating.
No two pieces are identical: even with my attempt to have an exact glazing plan, I am ususally overwhelmed with the urge to add just a little more glaze in order to try just one additional combination.
•In the heat of the second kiln firing, the glass frit in the glaze melts to form an impervious, glossy surface. You may see on closer inspection, pinholes and other variations in the glaze. These tiny dimples form when natural matter found in the clay explodes through the decorated surface of the product during the kiln firing. For some pieces, this may be the final firing. For others, there is more to come.
Although I will continue to work on functional pieces, I am slowly making a shift into the realm of sculpture.
For additional information about me or to check out my ongoing projects please visit
Thank you so much for visiting my shop!
Tracey F. Crockett
Tracey F. Crockett
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
Most of the pottery is wheel thrown with a porcelain clay or smooth bodied stoneware clay. All of my items, unless noted, are oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. In addition, only lead-free glazes are used.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
***Please verify your Paypal shipping address as well as your address with Etsy. Any item(s) returned because the wrong address is on your Etsy account, the transaction will be refunded less with shipping charges so that you may update your account.
Each piece is wrapped in paper, boxed in an inner box and then placed in a larger box with material that will cushion and protect the inner box. When I pack each item, I pack to ensure safe delivery. If you combine items, you'll save on shipping. All excess shipping costs I receive above $1.50 will be refunded at the time of shipping.
All International Orders ship via Priority Mail International- the best choice for your package to arrive to you promptly and safely for a fair rate.
The post office claims 14 business days for International delivery, however shipping times vary greatly.
NOTE: I can NOT give you an exact delivery date nor promise that your package will arrive by a certain day, as there are no guarantees made by the postal service due to possible delays in customs at the borders.
TRACKING INFORMATION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS.
Often international shipments are held at your local post office for pickup (not just dropped at your doorstep), so PLEASE be sure to check there if you are waiting on your order...often they forget to leave you a note.
Depending on your country, customs charges or taxes may be due when you receive your package. These charges are your responsibility and are decided by the receiving country where you live.
Some international locations, even Canada, can take 4 weeks or more to arrive...it just depends on customs as well as the postal service in your country.
Limited options are also available with FedEx International if you need to rush your shipment.
Refunds and Exchanges
A refund will be made to the purchaser upon request if payment has been received. Gift recipients are entitled to a nonrefundable merchandise credit.
Additional policies and FAQs
My photos are taken under full spectrum bulbs when photographed inside or outside in daylight. I try to photograph the depth, richness, and the true accurate color of the glazes. However, colors may vary due to different computer monitors.
LISTING WITH MULTIPLES BUT YOU ONLY WANT TO PURCHASE ONE
If you find an item that is listed as part of a set and you only want one piece of the set, please feel free to let me know and I will relist it as an individual item and reserve the item for you. However, sometimes I do create pieces which are meant to stay together so please understand if your request is denied.
As per Etsy policies, * Sold or not-for-sale i.e. reserved listings are prohibited. Please feel free to place the item in your cart, however,I cannot guarantee the item will still be available when you are ready to puchase it.