By Katie Marks

Portland, Oregon On Etsy since 2011

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By Katie Marks

Portland, Oregon | 4,109 Sales

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Note from shop owner Hi!! Thank you so much for visiting my shop! I am currently working on unicorn pre orders and brand new work! I'll be having a big shop update at the end of June!! Please follow my progress on Instagram @anotherseattleartist 😁

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 16, 2020

Hi!! Thank you so much for visiting my shop! I am currently working on unicorn pre orders and brand new work! I'll be having a big shop update at the end of June!! Please follow my progress on Instagram @anotherseattleartist 😁

Katie Marks

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About SilverLiningCeramics

Sales 4,109
On Etsy since 2011

A Smile in the Rain

My name is Katie Marks and I am the creator of Silver Lining Ceramics. I have recently relocated to Portland, Oregon where I make all of my work in my home studio.

I have always loved clay. It has been my medium of choice since I was a little girl. Even though college wasn’t an option for me I knew that I wanted to learn the art and craft of clay. I took one class as my local community college and I was hooked. I then found a wheel on Craigslist and taught myself how to throw. After a few years of using my studio apartment as a pottery studio I was fortunate enough to land a job with an incredible production potter as his studio assistant. He became my mentor and I have learned everything from glaze chemistry to kiln firing from him.

I always knew I wanted to work with porcelain the translucency and bright color possibilities inspire my imagination. I love the fact that I can take a lump of dirt and turn it into something unique and beautiful from my brain. I love holding my finished pieces and knowing that these only exist in the world because I exist.
My process involves first throwing the piece on a potters wheel and then spending hours hand forming each crystal. I love combining the functionality of a wheel thrown piece with the endless possibilities of sculpture. I mix most of my glazes from raw materials. Being able to do this allows me to have a lot more control over the look of the final piece. I fire my work to 2232 degrees which not only makes the clay strong and durable but also changes the glazes and causes them to flow like running water.
My work is always growing and changing. I tend to just explore where ever my imagination takes me. I love the play between taking something that they earth does so beautifully and adding my human element to it. I am inspired by my surroundings. As a someone who grew up in Seattle (and now living in Portland) I have lived in the gloom of the overcast sky and week-long rain showers for most of my life. I wanted to show the beauty I see in the gloom.
I really love throwing each piece on the pottery wheel. I usually use that time to think of what designs I am going to carve or sculpt on them. I tend to plan out a piece in my head for months before actually creating it in reality. I also really love the fact that because I do everything by hand, no two pieces are ever exactly alike. I come close but they truly are one of a kind.

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  • Katie Marks

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I live and work in Portland Oregon. Clay is a life long passion of mine. I make pots all day everyday and I love it!

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Last updated on Apr 17, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I am NOT accepting custom order requests,reservations for pieces or a waiting list at this time. What you see in my shop updates is what I have available.

Wholesale availability

I am swamped right now and can not take on wholesale accounts. If you own a shop I appreciate your interest in my work but I am having a lot of fun selling things on my own and I will turn you down. Thank you anyways :)

Can I reserve a piece?

To try to keep it as fair as possible I announce my shop updates on Instagram and other social media 3-4 days leading up to the day of the sale. I can not reserve pieces for you. It is first come first serve sort of thing. Thank you for understanding :)

How much are your pieces?

All of my pieces are functional sculptures that take many hours to complete.
Crystal themed pieces start at around $185-350. Some of my extra fancy crystal pieces go for much higher price points.
The kitty pipes are $125 +
Unicorn pipes are $225 +
My other work varies in price. mugs that are less extravagant (haha whatever that means) range from about $150-185 usually.
My work is more of an art object that is also functional therefore I spend many many hours on each piece.
The price range depends on size, time spent making and how much gold or other extra processes I have applied to the piece. I use premium 22kt gold on all of my work.

Do you ship worldwide?

I ship worldwide and pack everything very carefully!

Can I customize the writing on the bottom?

 The signature on the bottom that reads "Katie Made Me" is not negotiable. That is just how I sign my work :)

I run a blog will you give me something so I can promote you?

I do not do blog giveaways. If you are a blogger you are welcome to purchase a piece from my shop and review it but I will not send you promotional material.  while I do really appreciate your interest, I have nothing to give away at this time.

Every time I go to your shop it says it's empty? Are you sold out?

Yes I am sold out. I release my work in small batches. I announce the time and date on instagram and other social media a few days before the update. I tend to sell out very quickly (5 min or less). My shop sits empty more often than not. Fear not! More items are always being made!

Are you still making (insert design here)?

Yes! I tend to rotate through my designs so I don't get bored. By doing this I also allow myself time for exploration of new work. I'm only one person making everything you see so I can't make everything every time. Follow me on Instagram @anotherseattleartist to watch my progress in the studio and see what and when I will have new items available for my shop!

I'm coming to Portland! Can I visit your studio and buy something while I'm in town?

The process of ceramics takes about 2-3 weeks from start to finish. If I happen to have anything available while you're in town you are welcome to stop by. I won't know in advance though. Your best bet is to ask me when you are actually here. I am sold out most of the time. there is about a 3 day window from when I have pieces finished to when they go in my shop. If you happen to be here during that window chances are you can come get something.

Are your pieces microwave or dishwasher safe?

NO!! DO NOT PUT ANYTHING I MAKE IN THE MICROWAVE!!! I use 22kt gold in all of my work. This is metal!! Metal and microwaves are a TERRIBLE idea!! As far as the dishwasher goes I wouldn't recommend this. Hand washing is much more gentle and the functional pieces I make should be cared for in a special way.

I had an item in my cart but as I went to pay it said sold out!? How is this possible!?

Etsy does not hold the piece for you while you add your information. It is only sold once you have paid. If someone gets to it before you it will show up as sold out when you try to pay. I have no control over who gets what. It's a game of quickness from what I have gathered. I have heard it helps to have all of your shipping and payment information ready to go before my sales so you don't have to spend the extra time adding it in.