WindfallArts

Organic Nature-Inspired Pottery

St Louis, Missouri · 308 Sales

WindfallArts

Organic Nature-Inspired Pottery

St Louis, Missouri 308 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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WindfallArts is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner My shop is on vacation while I move houses. Back by the third or fourth week of July! I should still be able to answer messages in a timely manner, so don't hesitate to reach out.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 13, 2018

My shop is on vacation while I move houses. Back by the third or fourth week of July! I should still be able to answer messages in a timely manner, so don't hesitate to reach out.

Rachel Miller

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Rachel Miller

About

Beauty in the commonplace

Ever since I discovered pottery, the medium of clay has had a limitless fascination for me. The idea that I could make, with my own hands, in any shape I wanted, actual usable functional wares that could be eaten and drunk from: this captured my imagination. The possibilities! One could live forever and never make all the things.

Since then I have grown in skill and scope of thought, with practice and the help of many generous and talented people - but I still love functional wares. I'm not much interested in being avant garde or groundbreaking, when there is so much beauty to be found in everyday objects. Something new and fresh can be placed within these things, to delight the soul and revive our daily rituals.

This is a philosophy of valuing the handmade, the little and the humble. It's drinking morning coffee out of curiously shaped mugs, eating soup out of bowls with weird divots on the side made for thumbs to fit into, putting wildflowers into organic vessels pressed with gleanings from an artists' similar outdoor expedition. It's even sometimes letting our little children have their own (breakable) pots. It's intertwining our lives with the world's offerings, seeing the worth in small and disregarded things that are nevertheless there and matter, drawing beauty out of a seldom-seen detail of the natural world.

Everything I make is its own individual work of art, and I truly have a sense of having worked hard, from scratch, on each piece I finish. Another layer of meaning: I make some of my designs by pressing handmade vintage lace into the clay, effectively making them collaborations between me and some craftsperson of the past. I like it this way. I'm only here because of the work of many artists, past and present, known and unknown.

I'm deeply honored that you would take the time to read about my process and philosophy. It's all bound up in each piece I make.

Shop members

  • Rachel Miller

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I'm a midwestern girl who really only ever wanted to make art for a living. My pottery is informed by lots of things, directly and indirectly: the natural world, knitting and fiber arts, found and saved objects, and life with small children.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 22, 2018
This is a one-woman operation. I love my work and I do it carefully; I love it when you also love my work. I make each piece lovingly by hand, one at a time, so each piece is a completely individual work of art.

Accepted payment methods

  • 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)
If you really aren't happy with your item, let me know. Buyer pays return shipping.
Payment
I accept Direct Checkout (credit card payments) and Paypal.
Shipping
For multiple-item orders, I will combine shipping if possible and at my discretion, and refund you any extra shipping money.

Orders are shipped by USPS, usually Priority Mail but sometimes First Class at my discretion, within two days of purchase date (usually within one day).

I pack orders using new or gently used materials. I purchase and use eco-friendly packing peanuts that can be reused or composted. I never buy regular (non-eco-friendly) styrofoam ones, but will pack shipments with them if I have them around and it's a choice between throwing them out and using them.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do not currently accept custom orders. I have so many ideas that I'm never at a loss for things to make, so if you like my style, buy something you see in my shop, or look through my sold items (I might have a similar item waiting to be posted).

I do not sell wholesale.