bridgmanpottery

Bridgman Pottery

Memphis, Tennessee · 953 Sales

bridgmanpottery

Bridgman Pottery

Memphis, Tennessee 953 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(355)

Announcement   This shop is mostly made-to-order pieces, subscriptions, tumblers, and oxytocin mugs. Please see Bridgmanpottery.com for more of my work.

Bridgman Pottery strives to provide lovely, durable pieces of pottery for everyday use in your kitchen, at your table, and in your garden. I make each piece myself (with a little help from an occasional assistant with wedging clay, rolling out my slabs, mixing glazes, and kiln-loading), hoping that it will add moments of beauty and grace to your day. I love clean design, but I do not strive for perfection. My style is slightly wabi-sabi- you'll see an occasional imperfection, thumbprint, slight variation in thickness of a rim or places where my surface design has forced the porcelain out of round. You'll also see the evidence of my glazing on a super-humid southern day in drips and variations of thickness. Perfect machined pieces are never my goal, but I do try to give you my best. If perfection is what you need and tiny flaws aren't acceptable, please keep shopping elsewhere.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 8, 2018

This shop is mostly made-to-order pieces, subscriptions, tumblers, and oxytocin mugs. Please see Bridgmanpottery.com for more of my work.

Bridgman Pottery strives to provide lovely, durable pieces of pottery for everyday use in your kitchen, at your table, and in your garden. I make each piece myself (with a little help from an occasional assistant with wedging clay, rolling out my slabs, mixing glazes, and kiln-loading), hoping that it will add moments of beauty and grace to your day. I love clean design, but I do not strive for perfection. My style is slightly wabi-sabi- you'll see an occasional imperfection, thumbprint, slight variation in thickness of a rim or places where my surface design has forced the porcelain out of round. You'll also see the evidence of my glazing on a super-humid southern day in drips and variations of thickness. Perfect machined pieces are never my goal, but I do try to give you my best. If perfection is what you need and tiny flaws aren't acceptable, please keep shopping elsewhere.

melissa bridgman

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melissa bridgman

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(355)
Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith on Dec 31, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

the ornament is so beautiful!

Judy Teevan

Judy Teevan on Dec 28, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This is a unique gift. It has a touch of Memphis but an artsy flare. I bought two. I felt they would probably be displayed so I got small plate holders as part of the gift. I was right! They went on display immediately after opening! Great gift!

Deborah Smith

Deborah Smith on Aug 9, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful craftsmanship ... love the cobalt blue! Makes having my berries & cherry tomatoes that much better :)

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About

Bridgman Pottery: living at home

Bridgman Pottery began around 2000 in a small house out in the country, with herb markers, garden-influenced designs. We moved back into the city in a sweet old bungalow in 2004, and I began making vintage-inspired berry bowls and honey pots, butter crocks and focusing on pieces meant to be used every day, creating special moments out of your everyday routines- a special coffee cup, a sweet egg cup for your breakfast, a hand-crafted bowl in which to savor your soup.

These days, I am making more custom-ordered dishes- from wedding registry place settings in finer stoneware and porcelain, one-of-a-kind tumblers, and faux bois serving pieces that mix and match in classic white and cobalt blue, with a few other colors thrown in every now and then. My work is vintage-inspired, meant to coordinate with classic and contemporary dishware, designed with a nod to classic blue and white transferware and vintage 1930s-1950s tableware. Each piece is entirely handmade, thrown or handbuilt, glazed, and twice fired. I pay close attention to my work, but I am an avowed imperfectionist. Each piece shows my hand and my wabi-sabi style.


I work, live, garden, raise chickens and bees in a 1922 bungalow in midtown Memphis TN. Happy to be providing a dose of daily domestic happiness through my work.

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Shop members

  • Melissa Bridgman

    Owner, Maker

    Potter, beekeeper, vintage-lover, native Southerner, lover of all things blue and white, quirky, imperfectionist.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 6, 2015
I strive to make functional, handmade pottery for your everyday enjoyment. My work isn't perfect, but I do my best. If you need machine-perfect pieces, please buy work from a big-box outlet. You'll find raw clay on the bottoms of my pieces (fully glazed pieces stick to the kiln shelves- glaze = liquid glass!), occasional fingerprints and glaze drips. I do my best, but I am a person, not a factory.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If your piece breaks in transit, please send me a photograph of the broken object and I'll work to refund your money through USPS insurance or replace it. I do not, as a rule, offer refunds because customers have changed their minds, don't like the color, size, etc etc. Should a defective piece escape me unawares, I'll work with you to remedy the situation. I do my best to measure and photograph each piece so that you know exactly what you're getting.
Payment
Sales tax is charged by paypal for residents of TN. If your piece breaks in transit, please send me a photograph of the broken object and I'll work to refund your money through USPS insurance or replace it. I do not, as a rule, offer refunds because customers have changed their minds. Should a defective piece escape me unawares, I'll work with you to remedy the situation.
Shipping
All domestic priority shipping includes insurance- for your protection and mine. I have switched from calculating shipping to Etsy's internal shipping calculations. You are charged for actual shipping plus my supplies. You have the option at checkout to upgrade your shipping options. International shipping (including shipping to Canada) is very expensive. Should you choose to ship international items first class, I will notify you of the date I've shipped the item and the tracking # provided by Etsy, but I can not be responsible for the item once it has left the post office. I recommend priority shipping!

Custom orders typically have a 4-6 week turnaround time. If you need an item by a specific date, please let me know. I do my best to give you etsy's shipping estimate after you place your order. Please forgive me if I forget.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do not offer wholesale or consignment pieces through etsy.
All pieces are handmade- thrown or hand-formed, trimmed, sanded, fired, washed, waxed, glazed, refired, unloaded, and packed by me. The start-to-finish time in each piece is approximately 2.5 weeks and I touch each piece a minimum of ten times. Hand-made pottery is a labor-intensive process, but one that I love. It is my hope that each piece I make becomes a happy part of your day.