Functional, whimsical hand-made ceramics.

Atlanta, Georgia

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BackyardKiln is taking a short break


Note from shop owner The shop is paused til after our move. Please check Instagram @backyardkiln for updates.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Oct 2, 2020

The shop is paused til after our move. Please check Instagram @backyardkiln for updates.

Taylor Swilley

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Taylor Swilley


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About BackyardKiln

Sales 244
On Etsy since 2012

I just really love getting muddy.

I developed a crush on ceramics at the age of 16, when my parents took me to try wheel-throwing at a local bisque-painting shop as a birthday present. I loved it and hung onto the pieces throughout the years; I still have one!
Recently I took a few classes at a local co-op and became a little obsessed. I couldn’t stop thinking about getting into the studio. I hand-built all day every weekend at my kitchen table. Shortly thereafter I purchased my own wheel and kiln, and set up shop in my daylight basement, which has big double doors opening onto the back patio. Birds and bugs frequently come by to visit. 💕🐝🕊
I find inspiration in nature, especially the flowers and plants in my wooded backyard, and in the intricate designs of henna (a side gig and passion from my college years). I also love humor, and that plays into my designs as well.

I try to infuse love and good energy into each piece by playing positive music and comedy while I work, keeping the space happy and bright, and talking kindly to my pieces (and equipment 😂).

Meet my equipment:

My wheel’s name is Judy, after the lady who sold her to me. She had been a potter many years, and she and the wheel had actually been on tv together! 📺

My kiln’s name is Charlotte, because she was on someone’s backyard patio when we got her, and was full of spiders. 😅 🕷

I also love books, and many of my glaze names are inspired by literary characters and authors.

I hope you enjoy looking at my shop. Thanks for stopping by!

Shop members

  • Taylor Swilley

    Creator, Owner, Customer Service

    It’s me!

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Last updated on Oct 2, 2020
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Care instructions

My pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe unless described otherwise in the listing.

Custom and personalized orders

I am not accepting custom or wholesale orders at this time, except as specified on the listing (for instance, my custom name mugs).