Announcement Hi and Welcome! My name is Sarah Beck. In the offline world I have Wildfire Pottery, my studio and shop on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. This is the busy tourist season for me here in Cape Breton so my Etsy shop is closed. Check back in the late fall to see if I am open again here. While the Etsy shop is closed you can contact me through Etsy or sarah [!at] wildfirepottery.ca to ask about availability of items.
Hi and Welcome! My name is Sarah Beck. In the offline world I have Wildfire Pottery, my studio and shop on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. This is the busy tourist season for me here in Cape Breton so my Etsy shop is closed. Check back in the late fall to see if I am open again here. While the Etsy shop is closed you can contact me through Etsy or sarah [!at] wildfirepottery.ca to ask about availability of items.
krock3nmt on Jan 13, 2017
This mouse is sooo cute. Love it! Shipped extremely well.
krock3nmt on Jan 13, 2017
The pair of puffins have found a home on my bookcase. They are very cute together. I'm so glad that I ordered them! They were packed extremely well for shipping.
islandgirl50 on Mar 12, 2016
Just adorable! I would not mind a family of the mice in my house ... I have been collecting mice for years ... but had never seen one like this before! An adorable adoptee for my collection! Love him dearly! <:3)~~~~~ THANK YOU!
A love of animals and plain old dirt!
Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by animals. I used to bring home all sorts of live critters, such as mice, snakes, toads, frogs, even bumblebees. I also had gerbils, hamsters, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep and a horse as well. I have a love for clay that stretches back to my very early years playing in my mother's pottery studio. We used to go out and dig clay from the river bank and then come home and make things out of it. It amazed me that we could just find this clay out there in the "dirt"! I would almost always make some kind of animal with a long, elaborate story about how it lived its life. Fast forward a few decades and here I am, still making clay animals. I have a studio and shop on The Cabot Trail, a breathtakingly scenic driving route on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island in Eastern Canada. I tend to focus on animals that are found in our region, but I also like making penguins and badgers and many other animals. I am known for my raku fired puffins. Puffins nest quite close to where I live and are a favourite with visitors to the island. I love them too, they are just so comical!
I specialise in, and am known for my Raku fired pottery. The raku firing process originated in Japan, but has become popular in North America as well. During the glaze firing, pieces are taken, glowing red hot from the kiln (at about 1800 F) and are smoked with a combustible material, such as leaves or newspaper in a "reduction chamber". (Mine is a very fancy metal garbage can!) Raku is a low temperature firing process known for its copper colours and crackle glazes. It is quite a dramatic process involving lots of flames and smoke and creates individual and unique pieces sought after by collectors. It is not food safe. I do also make some stoneware pieces that are high fired and can be used as tableware.
I have been working with clay since I was a very young child fooling around in my mum's pottery studio. She still has little finger puppets I made when I was about 3 years old! Currently I make my living as a potter with my business Wildfire Pottery.
Everything in my shop is made by me, Sarah Beck, in my studio in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. Sometimes when I'm making the faces on my animals I find myself unconsciously mimicking their happy expressions and I like seeing those same expressions on the faces of my customers. That is FUN!! I hope you find something that puts a silly grin on your face too.
Accepted payment methods
I accept Paypal. No Paypal account is necessary, you can use your credit card through Paypal without signing up for it.
I live in a rural area, far from a post office but we do have daily morning mail pickup as long as the package fits in the mailbox! Most items will fit in my mailbox and will be shipped within 1-3 days. If you are in a hurry to get your item check with me first and I'll let you know when it will ship.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you would like to return an item you have purchased I do accept returns but the item must arrive in the same condition it was sent out in and you are responsible for the shipping costs. I refund for the cost of the items only. I do not refund the shipping cost you paid originally when you purchased the item.
Please contact me first before returning the item.