ceramic sculpture, terrarium miniatures and more!

Rio Rancho, New Mexico On Etsy since 2008

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ceramic sculpture, terrarium miniatures and more!

Rio Rancho, New Mexico | 4,870 Sales

Announcement    6/2/2020 - I went through my garage boxes and found more stuff to list. It's all up and available. YES I will discount for orders over $200 by 10%, if that appeals to you, let me know. Do you want a set of something? DO LET ME KNOW, I am almost ready to start sculpting again so I can fit you in the next run!


Last updated on Jun 2, 2020

6/2/2020 - I went through my garage boxes and found more stuff to list. It's all up and available. YES I will discount for orders over $200 by 10%, if that appeals to you, let me know. Do you want a set of something? DO LET ME KNOW, I am almost ready to start sculpting again so I can fit you in the next run!



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Karen Dorweiler

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About SongandBranch

Sales 4,870
On Etsy since 2008

Song and Branch Studio

I am a solo ceramic artist who works in her studio in New Mexico. I want folks to know that I am safe at home during this pandemic through the generosity of my family. I have an autoimmune disease and won't be doing any markets until there is adequate testing and contact tracing. If you're reading this please think about pressuring your local government about testing and contact tracing - it's only good as all the states in the US and nations around the world taking part!

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  • Karen Dorweiler

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I am a person that makes sculptures.

  • Mia

    Morale Officer

    Far more adorable and interesting than the lead of Song and Branch, Mia's job is to make sure that Karen gets up and stretches and goes for walks between sculpting sessions.

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Shop policies

Last updated on December 7, 2016
Welcome to my shop.

My items are handmade. I do use the occasional commercial stamp or commercial sprig mold that is then added to a greater whole, but most commonly what you see is created from from my mind and worked mostly with my fingers. For tiny pieces, I am often unable to see the piece as I work on it, so many of my minis are works of touch on clay.

Do forgive occasional flaws, cracks and stress marks. If I wanted perfect, I would make them perfect - I am capable of making my pieces anatomically correct - but then each would take hours and the prices would be much more expensive and it would take me a year to fill a kiln! Their flaws are part of their beauty - flaws attract washes, glazes and underglazes to pool in them. I am imperfect myself, so I understand these creatures of mine :)

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
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)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
If breakage of an item is due to my negligence in packing, I will refund or exchange the item. Please take a picture if at all possible in the case it is an insured package so I can recoup.

If you simply don't like the item, return the item within 30 days of its arrival and I will refund the price of the item. I want you to be happy with your experience. I completely understand that the translation of computer screen to actual object is sometimes deceiving - especially on the matter of scale and exact color. Try not to be nasty, believe me when I say it is never my intent to deceive when I make a listing.

For some of my pieces, such as my larger sculptures, a small amount of breakage may be inevitable. If this happens, I will send information on how to repair. Minor repairs do not effect the value/beauty of a sculpture, since they are not functional items.

I am sorry but I cannot refund for personalized items - anything that has a name on it, initials or uncommon/rude sayings is something that I cannot resell. In the case of personalized items I will send you pictures of the item before you finish the purchase - once it is shipped, it is yours.
I do not accept personal checks in place of money orders.

For non payment, after two days I will contact, wait another day and contact again. If I do not receive a response in a 1 week period, I will cancel the order and relist. I will not leave negative feedback as I understand that things happen.
I ship once a week, more often when it is busy or before I go on vacation or go to a big show just to make sure things are tidy.

Please let me know if you need it rushed, it's really no problem at all.

I ship in the US via the cheapest method possible. There is little difference in the arrival of small packages (for my miniatures for example) via 1st class and priority usps mail. I have actually had 1st class packages beat priority to nearby states.

International buyers - Please be aware of your country's customs fees and taxes. I am not liable or responsible for paying for them. I will not refund items refused because of customs fees because it isn't my fault you did not want to pay them. I ship usps lst class international. There is no insurance. Contact me if you feel you want express/priority/insurance etc.

Etsy includes insurance in their shipping. For pieces/shipments that go over their $200 coverage I will add insurance.

If there is a large difference in quoted shipping and actual shipping cost, I will refund the difference. If you notice a discrepancy, don't be afraid to ask, I am often absent minded and will gladly refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
When custom ordering, please allow a four to six week creation, bisque fire and glaze fire cycle time. Because I am just one person, I do not fill my kiln immediately. It's more efficient to fire a full kiln! Please keep in mind that ceramics are not an exact calling and that the first attempt at your piece may not turn out. I may have to do it twice. Please be patient! The second attempt will not cost you anything unless there was a big change in plan during the project.

My minimum commission is $60. The exception to this are commissioned small blue trinket bowls, which are always $20 since the scope and size of the project is tiny and can be worked into my production work. Unique pieces always take me extra time however, which is why I impose a minimum.
The only information receive from you is via orders from, I use your information to fill your order and to contact you in case there is a problem with your order; Etsy's security system shields all your financial information from me and I never see it. I do not collect or store your data beyond its use on this website. I do not share any information with outside parties and I do not use people's information for email or postal campaigns. Currently I have access to information going back to my shop opening at in 2008. I do not have control over this information; if you wish to have it removed due to privacy concerns, please contact directly. If you have any questions for me regarding privacy, you can contact me via conversation on I typically respond within three days.