Jamie on Aug 19, 2016
This marker turned out just as I expected, it was perfect. Excellent craftsmanship!
Logan Raleigh on Aug 18, 2016
We recently lost our beloved Cocker Spaniel, Baby. Looking around on Etsy for something to mark her resting place with, we came across Tom's shop. This memorial is perfect. It came as quickly as you would expect something handmade to arrive, and I was blown away by the quality. It is absolutely beautiful, and I'm so glad we found Tom's shop. Thank you so much for this, it's a wonderful way to honor a friend who'd been with us for almost 11 years.
carebear13 on Aug 10, 2016
Made with love & care, these markers are a fitting tribute to our beloved kitties. Even more beautiful in person than in the photos. Superior customer service. Many thanks!
"I'm always excited to see the results when the pieces emerge from the kiln after the final firing."
My pieces are individually crafted from slabs of buff (off-white) or tan stoneware Miller clay from Ohio. All are hand built using simple clay tools and wooden templates. No slip casting is done. The lettering is hand stamped one letter at a time.
When dried, the pieces are placed in one of my two kilns and fired to a temperature of around 2250*. The entire firing process takes over 24 hours with heating and cooling time. The first (bisque) firing turns the clay to durable ceramic which will withstand all outdoor weather conditions including freezing winter temperatures.
Next, the pieces are glazed (painted) using high-fire clear and colored ceramic glazes and then glaze fired to fuse (melt) these glazes onto the surface. The glazes create a hard, shiny, durable surface that is easy to clean. The colors will never fade, even when exposed to constant sun light.
The entire process can be completed in as few as 7 days. However, because I want to fire a full kiln, with the price of electricity as it is, my goal is to ship your item within 14 days of receiving the payment and information.
Owner, Ceramic Artist
I worked for 34 years as a middle school art instructor and began my second career as a ceramic artist, selling items on Etsy, eBay and other online selling sites, after my retirement in 2007.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
- Other Method
If you requesting additional charge options; dates, a nickname or message, etc., I will send you a PayPal link in your order confirmation message so you can pay this additional charge (a credit card can be used to pay the charge even if you do not have a PayPal account) OR you can request a custom listing to purchase and the total price will include the additional charges. Please contact me to make a custom listing request.
ADDITIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHARGES :
There could be other costs such as taxes and tariffs that you may have to pay to your country's border service upon receiving your item that I cannot estimate or be responsible for. Charges vary from country and region based upon item type and value so do some research before making a purchase if this is a concern.
Refunds and Exchanges
If the marker was not constructed as requested (my error), or arrives damaged due to improper handling, it will be replaced free of any charges to you.
If the marker is not correct due to an error in the information you supplied there is nothing I can do.