brightleafpottery

Bright Leaf Pottery

Washington, D.C.
151 Sales

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Announcement    Bright Leaf Pottery was established in 2008 as a working studio for educational and practical use. It is operated out of my home in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC.

For me, the idea of perfection as an end result with my pots is not necessarily a conventional, perfectly round bowl -- I prefer a certain unevenness in my work, a little wabi-sabi, a wrinkle here or there. I am not looking for the perfect, symmetrical bowl; I want to make a bowl that feels comfortable in my hands and for my work to have a feeling of timelessness, earthiness and practicality. I hope the stoneware you purchase from my shop will be used and enjoyed for every-day use for many years to come!

For more information and to see more of my work, go to www.brightleafpottery.com, www.instagram/brightleafpottery, or visit Bright Leaf Pottery and its potters at www.facebook.com/brightleafpottery.

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 25, 2019

Bright Leaf Pottery was established in 2008 as a working studio for educational and practical use. It is operated out of my home in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC.

For me, the idea of perfection as an end result with my pots is not necessarily a conventional, perfectly round bowl -- I prefer a certain unevenness in my work, a little wabi-sabi, a wrinkle here or there. I am not looking for the perfect, symmetrical bowl; I want to make a bowl that feels comfortable in my hands and for my work to have a feeling of timelessness, earthiness and practicality. I hope the stoneware you purchase from my shop will be used and enjoyed for every-day use for many years to come!

For more information and to see more of my work, go to www.brightleafpottery.com, www.instagram/brightleafpottery, or visit Bright Leaf Pottery and its potters at www.facebook.com/brightleafpottery.

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Phyllis Lohec Turnham

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About brightleafpottery

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On Etsy since 2009

my love affair with clay...

I began throwing on the kick-wheel in 1995 at my teacher’s studio and haven’t looked back! Over the years I have found that I prefer a certain unevenness in my work, a wrinkle here or there, wabi sabi in my pots and in my outlook. I am not looking for the perfect, symmetrical bowl; I want to make a bowl that feels comfortable in my hands. And I hope that my pottery will have a feeling of timelessness, earthiness, and practicality.

In 2008 I opened my own studio in the basement of my home with a small Skutt kiln and a homemade kick-wheel (but, you know, I am still making that weekly drive to my teacher’s class, because not only do I learn from my teacher and the other potters but it’s my therapy – loving the feel of clay and tools in my hands, loving the community and the camaraderie of the class, and the anticipation of what my pot will look like when it comes out of the kiln!). When the new year began in 2009 I had two students and the studio has now grown to having two nights for classes and one evening for Open Studio – and there is a waiting list. I have the pleasure of meeting, and teaching, mostly younger potters and inviting them to love a craft and art as much as I do. What could be better?

Shop members

  • Phyllis

    Owner, Potter, Teacher

    I have a husband, three grown children along with two grown children-in-law, 3 grandchildren, and a home I love in Washington DC. I walk down my stairway to go to work. With clay. I love it!

Shop policies

Last updated on September 19, 2020
Thank you for stopping by Bright Leaf Pottery. Take a look at the stoneware pieces I have made, mostly on the wheel in my studio, but also a few hand-made slab pieces -- I hope you will find something that you know will fit, and feel, just right in your hand.

If you see a bowl or cup or plate I have made that you would prefer in a different glaze, please convo me and I will make a Reserved Listing for you, according to your specifications. Allow 3-4 weeks for custom made stoneware.

On the topic of glaze colors, note that colors shown in my photographs will more than likely differ slightly from not only your computer monitor but also in person. Each glaze has a characteristic hue -- but within each firing, and depending on the thickness of the glaze, the glaze can vary in a multitude of shades. This is expected and, to me, what makes each clay pot special and unique to itself! Even within a set of plates, bowls, or cups handmade in my studio there will be variation from piece to piece, making each bowl, or cup, its own special entity.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
All sales are final. If you receive a piece of pottery from my studio by mail and it is broken, please convo me and I will happily make a replacement for you.
Payment
I accept payment by PayPal and, now with Etsy's new system, also by credit cards. If you do not already have a PayPal account it is very simple to set up... through PayPal you can pay via your bank account or with a credit card. http://www.etsy.com/storque/make/how-to-pay-with-a-credit-card-and-create-a-paypal-account-746/
Shipping
Your purchase will come to you by USPS. Typically I utilize shipping materials that I have in my home -- recycled, green, friendly to the earth and all that. I usually ship priority mail if the size and weight of the box permits, otherwise your purchase may come by parcel post to keep shipping cost down.

I try to ship your purchase within 72 hours of receiving payment. If you have any particular instructions for shipment please convo me and I will do my best to accommodate your needs. I ship to the name listed on the Etsy invoice. If you are purchasing a gift and need the package shipped to another name and address, please let me know in the notes to seller.

If you live in the DC area and would like to save on shipping, convo me. We can arrange a pick-up time for you and I will discount your order the cost of shipping.

Please note that if you are commissioning a piece similar to what I have listed on Etsy there may be a 3-4 week time period from the date of payment to the date of shipment.

I do not list shipping expenses internationally for my listings with Etsy, but if you are from anywhere outside the US, please convo me and I will be happy to calculate shipping costs to your country of origin.
Additional policies and FAQs
Look at my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/brightleafpottery, and like me! Or find me on the web at www.brightleafpottery.com.