Announcement   As a recovering pottery, I ran toward tin. Clay was great but heavy and dirty while tin presented rainbows, sometimes literally. I made wall sculpture from re-purposed candy and cookie tins using the designs on the cans as found. The scraps from the work became earrings, often in related but unmatched pairs.

Tin cans, actually tin coated steel that is painted, is always open to change. It is light, an increasingly valuable attribute as I face 70, and always versatile.

I'll always be a potter in my heart and my hands will never forget clay but I'm lucky to have the time and opportunity to work now with tin and found objects. I'm learning to think in tin shapes. I think in images, no words needed.

My earrings are light weight and feature titanium or niobium ear wires. These two metals are used for surgical implants because the pure metals do not cause allergic reactions. The natural metal is gray but if subjected to an electric current, the metal turns blue, green, purple, bronze or gold.

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Last updated on Mar 5, 2018

As a recovering pottery, I ran toward tin. Clay was great but heavy and dirty while tin presented rainbows, sometimes literally. I made wall sculpture from re-purposed candy and cookie tins using the designs on the cans as found. The scraps from the work became earrings, often in related but unmatched pairs.

Tin cans, actually tin coated steel that is painted, is always open to change. It is light, an increasingly valuable attribute as I face 70, and always versatile.

I'll always be a potter in my heart and my hands will never forget clay but I'm lucky to have the time and opportunity to work now with tin and found objects. I'm learning to think in tin shapes. I think in images, no words needed.

My earrings are light weight and feature titanium or niobium ear wires. These two metals are used for surgical implants because the pure metals do not cause allergic reactions. The natural metal is gray but if subjected to an electric current, the metal turns blue, green, purple, bronze or gold.

Elaine Hardman

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Last updated on March 5, 2018
Should you be buying pottery, please know that all of my pottery has been crafted by hand from durable stoneware or porcelain clay using the potter’s wheel, rolling pin or my fingers. All glazes are food safe. (Even my pin frogs are stainless steel rather than the usual lead.) All bowls and mugs can be used in the microwave or put through the dishwasher although hand washing is certainly suitable.

Much of my pottery becomes a part of a family’s traditions and history. Each piece is made with joy and respect and if your piece becomes important to you, please share your story with me. I’ll be so pleased to know.

Please read my shop policies before ordering and please ask me questions if I’m not clear. I am just restarting this shop after several years and there are likely some “bugs”.

My background is education though I studied clay at Alfred State under Pete Nye years ago and more recently at Alfred University in their summer program under John Gill. I’ve been a potter since 1974 but only full time since 2003. My adventure in metals started in 2008 with Charles Orlando, renown Tin Can Folk Artist.

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I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 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)
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  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Purchasing a unique work of art is a careful consideration. Each piece is photographed to the best of my ability. Some colors are hard to capture and I will try to explain this in the item description. No photos will be enhanced or altered and they are meant to accurately portray the original.

If you are not satisfied with your purchase for whatever reason upon receiving it, please contact me within a 21 days of your order date and we'll talk. You'll have to pay the return shipping and insurance. I will accept a return of the item in its original condition and will refund the purchase amount, minus those awful shipping fees that will be lost to both of us.

Refunds are not issued due to a postal error (delivery to wrong address by your postman) or late arrival.
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Payment is expected upon order. Your order will be shipped after payment arrives. If I do not receive either payment or email communication regarding a money order within 3 business days after your order is received I will attempt to contact you. Please reply within 2 days or I will cancel your order and re-list the item. Please include your address in your communication or payment.

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After your payment has cleared, your purchase will be carefully packed and shipped via USPS, which takes 2-11 business days within the United States.

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If your Etsy shipping address differs from your PayPal shipping address, I will ship to your PayPal address unless you request otherwise.