bayoucitypottery

Custom, handmade stoneware and porcelain pottery.

| Houston, Texas

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Announcement    Our last in-person event of the year will be Saturday, December 18th from 10-2 at the ACCH Makers Market (https://www.facebook.com/acchmakers). Hosted by Amsterdam Company Coffeeshop. 807 W 19th St. Houston, TX 77008.

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Last updated on Nov 15, 2021

Our last in-person event of the year will be Saturday, December 18th from 10-2 at the ACCH Makers Market (https://www.facebook.com/acchmakers). Hosted by Amsterdam Company Coffeeshop. 807 W 19th St. Houston, TX 77008.

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Daryl McCracken

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About bayoucitypottery

Sales 300
On Etsy since 2010

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From my very first college class in ceramics I was hooked. The combination of creativity with science, food and community was exciting. Not only was the simple act of learning to make functional pots a challenge, but the mad science aspect of formulating new glazes from raw ingredients was captivating.

Each new kiln load was like opening presents on Christmas morning, always with new surprises. And since the effort of making clay, glazes, loading kilns and firing the work took so much labor, a community was formed, not just of classmates but of peers trying to perfect the art of functional pottery making.

The real test came when it was time to use the work. Did the pitcher or teapot pour properly without dribbling liquid? Did the handle of the cup fit ones hand properly? These tactile cues of interaction and the shared critique of each others work helped me to grow as a potter an artist and a person.

For over 30 years I have strived to make the very best pots I can. I exhibited some work in regional and national juried exhibitions, but what is most rewarding is the look of excitement on a customer's face when they find the pot that speaks to them and they share with me where it will live and how it will be used.

While I have worked in earthenware, my love is for stoneware and porcelain clays. And while I have a great passion for atmospheric firings using wood, salt and soda, I am currently exploring the complexities of glaze and flame in high fire reduction kilns. The reducing atmosphere of the kiln creates unique variations in each piece which is always surprising, sometimes in unexpectedly wonderful ways.

In addition to making, I have strived to share my love of clay with others. I have done so by teaching art in a variety of forums including at universities, community colleges and through private lessons. In addition to my studio work and teaching, I have also helped to foster the clay community through designing and building kilns for other potters and ceramic artists.

I also try to give back in other ways. I helped form a grass-roots ceramics organization called ClayHouston which serves to create a network of clay artists for education and support. I also participate in the Houston Food Bank's fundraisers by contributing over 100 soup bowls each year for the Empty Bowls Houston auction. The funds raised through these events help the food bank feed those most in need.

To learn more about the work and processes please visit my website at www.bayoucitypottery.com

Shop members

  • Daryl McCracken

    Owner, Chief Product Designer

    I have been a maker for over 30 years, producing one of a kind hand made stoneware and porcelain ceramics. Currently I am working primarily with high-fire reduction glazes. I like the unique variations in surface created by the kiln's atmosphere.

  • Carys

    Chief Packaging Officer

    Student by day, packaging ninja by night, Carys cannot sleep peacefully until she knows your treasures have been securely, safely wrapped and boxed for delivery.

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Last updated on Mar 11, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Wholesale availability

Yes, we love helping design and create custom dinnerware and gift ideas for your group or business. We have the ability to create specific shapes and stamp, or emboss them with your logo.

And, by working in larger volumes we increase the production efficiency and can pass on the savings to you on larger orders (typically 50 or more of the same item).

Please contact us to discuss your needs. daryl@darylmccracken.com.

Custom and personalized orders

We love creating custom orders. For example, I love this mug, but can you make it in your transparent dark green glaze? Absolutely!

I'd like a vase like one on your site but can you make it 18" tall? Absolutely!

Can you emboss a name on a mug (or jar or vase or anything really)?
Of course. We'd be happy to do so.

We can easily create any item under 20" diameter and under 36" in height.

PLEASE NOTE:
Custom orders typically take a minimum of 6 weeks.
Due to the nature of our firing processes and custom glazes, we do not offer glaze colors beyond what is displayed here in our shop.

If you see a piece in our shop but would like it in a different color you see on another piece in our shop we'd be happy to help.

Do you offer local pickup or delivery?

Yes! If you live in Houston, TX we can work with you to arrange local pickup in the Houston Heights (zip code 77008). Please contact us and we can waive the shipping costs for the item(s) of interest and then work with you directly on a pickup.

How do you package and ship your items to arrive quickly and safely?

We try to package every order and ship out on the next business day. If there is a delay we always notify customers immediately.

We use a double box method which we have found to be the safest way to ship while protecting your purchase. Because this involves more packaging materials we use 100% recyclable materials.

For shipping, USPS parcel select (ground) offers the best mix of price and speed. This option allows us to offer free shipping on many items while still ensuring a timely delivery (typically 2-8 days). If your need is more immediate, please contact us and we can discuss faster shipping options.