Announcement Welcome to Backyard Ceramics! Handmade Pottery gifts for Birthdays, Weddings, Christmas, Anniversary's, or just for You! Food- and Dishwasher-Safe items to be used, admired, and/or to decorate your home!
Welcome to Backyard Ceramics! Handmade Pottery gifts for Birthdays, Weddings, Christmas, Anniversary's, or just for You! Food- and Dishwasher-Safe items to be used, admired, and/or to decorate your home!
Karson on Mar 14, 2017
Can't be more in love with this statue. It arrived in record time and was packed so well that there was little chance it could have been damaged. Great seller, amazing piece of art.
dontmesswithpdx on Nov 23, 2016
Love this mug, it is already my EDM-every day mug. Thank you!
Migrating Toward One's Real Love
Kathy Zillmann, potter
I was introduced to ceramics in 1979 at Indiana University, when I took a ceramics course being taught by Jim Koudelka, then, a grad student. His passion for ceramics transferred to me, even though I was an accounting student, accountant, wife,mother, gardener, quilter, painter, and seamstress, not likely to take another ceramics course in 30 years. Now, a grandmother mostly retired with children grown, I began taking courses at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester Ma, and have reignited my love for ceramics, in just one class! I looked at my current situation and said "yes, I can do it! I can finally do something for myself!" Not something I did just to fill my time at home, but something deep inside me that I thought I could never do, having the life I had. Now free of children and their finances, and having space and excess time at home, I found the motivation for setting up my own studio. It is in my boiler room, but let me tell you, I have taken over the boiler room! I immersed myself in the classes, purchased wheels, kilns, and studio equipment. I was fortunate to stumble upon a potter's studio being sold by her husband, as she had unfortunately passed away, too soon. Her name was Leslie, and I feel she is with me everyday in my studio. Ceramics has taken over my life, with everything else being secondary. Not my husband, but I have often found myself short on dinner preparations when he has arrives home in the evenings!
With a love and admiration for the ceramics of our Japanese predecessors, I find myself inspired and influenced by many of the their techniques. I have always loved the textures and intricate design of carved wood in furniture, or in fabric, such as a carpet bag purse. I spent years sewing and quilting. Clay has opened my world of expression through the various techniques it offers. In many pieces I am using the ancient techniques of carving and mishima, incorporating my love of nature and flowers, as gardening was also a love.
I generally use the potters wheel but have found that I also enjoy rolling and forming the clay using slump molds and stamps. Many of the stamps I use have have been created by me out of clay, making them my own and unique. At home I am firing at cone 6 (2232 degrees)in an electric kiln. With the help of my chemist husband, we are creating and testing new cone 6 glaze combinations with every firing. When I take a class from The Worcester Center for Crafts, I fire at cone 10 ( 2345 degrees) in a gas kiln. In a gas kiln, I am able to fire my pieces, robbing the kiln of air in the last stages of firing (reduction firing), often producing beautiful glaze effects and sometimes flops. I am rewarded by my successes, and are happy to pass them on to you! All pieces are glazed with food safe glazes, unless stated otherwise. If an unsafe glaze is to be used, it will be used only for sculptural pieces and the likes of, and the piece will clearly state that fact.
I truly believe there is an artist in all of us, waiting to be expressed. In today's fast pace and stressful world, there is nothing like sitting with a lump of clay and controlling it with your movements. It so organic in nature! There has been a love for ceramics since the beginning of time. It's never too late to begin your experience if you ever have the chance!
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Kathy L Zillmann
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Accountant, Mother, Grandmother, Wife
Mother of 3, grandmother of 4. Married 36 years. Originally from Indiana. Has lived in Houston TX & Rochester NY, & currently resides in Shrewsbury MA. Has degree in accounting from Indiana University. Loves nature & the outdoors. Loves to cook.
I have a love of Asian pottery and you will see that much of my work has an Asian influence. When I take classes at the Worcester Center for Crafts, I will have access to a gas kiln, and many of the items you will see on our website will have been reduction fired to cone 10. At home, I have my own small studio. I will be firing in an electric kiln to cone 6. We will also be doing some raku in the future, which is fired at a much lower temperature. Those items will be listed "Raku" and they are to be for decorative use only. As we list those items, we will mark them as such. All other pottery is safe to use and eat off of. They are also dishwasher safe.
We hope you find what you would like at Backyard Ceramics. If you have any questions about any item, please email us, and we will do our best to answer them!
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Our Shipping rates were calculated using USPS Flat Rate Shipping. We will make every effort to give you the lowest rate shipping for the area you live. ie. if regular Priority Shipping is less than the Flat Rate, which it often is with light items, we will use that and refund the difference. Multiple items will be shipped together as much as possible, again, striving to always bring the lowest cost to you. If shipping it separately is less, than that is what we will do. Please understand that our estimate for shipping a second item, is just that, as estimate. Something there to make sure we have enough to work with when we actually begin the process.
I have not found the need to buy bubble wrap, and have been able to collect it from friends, my own online purchases and my husbands work. Too often it is just thrown away. Your item may arrive carefully packed with a variety of packing items. If a breakage should ever occur, I will do everything in my power to correct the situation, with a replacement or refund.
Although my Shipping Policy states Shipping to United States only, I am willing to ship to Canada. You must first contacted me and I will packaged and compute shipping, And notify you with the amount for payment, and then you will buy your item. Message me in Conversations if you are interested.
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That is the beauty of the Ceramic process! We often are surprised and amazed at the results achieved, and often have disasters which you will never see. We are learning all the time! I like experimenting with the placement of oxides to add difference to a piece or the burn off of wax which creates carbon. This will be noted in the description of the item, so that you can understand the creation.
I have listed items here on our site that we are please with. We hope that you are, too!