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On Etsy since 2010

Niehaus Art, Painting and pottery.

An artist for over 50 years, I have often dreamed of having my own gallery to show and sell my paintings and pottery together. I think they complement each other. My Etsy shop is a work in progress. I have chosen to first showcase my pottery, and over time include my prints and paintings (

My inspiration comes from my walks in the woods.

The raku and pit fired jars are art objects intended for visual appreciation in the home and office setting. It is wonderful that they can also be chosen for ashes. They share my vision of the surrounding woodland, rich with birch and pine groves blanketed with fern beds. My inspiration is endless among the streams and waterfalls feeding the Farmington river. Having a forum to show my art is such a gift. Exhibitions of my paintings and ceramic pieces in galleries and street fairs used to be the only venues available to artists.

Mom always served me coffee in one of the mugs I made for her in my college years. I never saw her drink coffee and tea out of any thing but those first hand made mugs. We save them for special now. I want folks to make plans and share memories while using their mugs every day. I save for a long time when I want to purchase a beautiful painting, but a hand made stoneware mug is a small piece of art that most folks can manage to own with less effort.

My artist journey began around ten years old, as I learned to I draw the large stone mansions with their ornate wrought iron decorative fencing, gates, and catwalks that graced our town center.

While showing and selling my art at street fairs, I developed an interest in ceramics, and other handmade art media.
This respect for handmade items came naturally to me, as I followed in the footsteps of my Grandmother Rosaria, a prolific oil painter, pastelist and seamstress (she kept her paintings and supplies put a way in a drawer, and talked about her art when we were alone). Spending time on your art was considered a frivolous waste of time to this depression era household with 9 children to feed . My grandfather Philip was a stone mason immigrant from Italy who learned english, passed the exams to get his contractor's liscence, and built countless stone bridges and churches in N.W. Ohio where I grew up. I think I am not alone in this history. How fortunate that I do not have to hide my art.

1971 Bachelor degree at Anderson U. in Anderson, In.
1973 Masters of Fine Art in Painting from Miami U. Oxford, Ohio

until 1984, My husband Bernie and I owned and operated our wholesale ceramic business for 8 years in S.W. Ohio and parts of Indiana, supplying gift shops and various venues with pottery for resale. We built our 27 cubic ft. gas kiln for the stoneware firings, and a small raku kiln for smaller firings.

In 1984 we moved to New England to be near the New York art centers, and raise our two daughters 5 and 7 yrs. old in the inspiring Berkshire Hills of Barkhamsted, Ct. where we had often been tourists. These woodlands are the source of inspiration for my paintings and pottery. The rocks are rich with shimmering mica, quartz crystals, and occasional garnet croppings. The inspiring hikes are treats to secret birch groves carpeted with ferns. The streams lead in and out of wetlands feeding the Farmington river, each season bringing it's unique light.

corporate collections:

Aetna Insurance Corp. Berman & Sabel
Cigna Insurance Corp. Danager Corp.
General Electric Corp Fireman’s Fund Insurance Corp.
Grove Hill Medical Ctr. Hartford Hospital,
Hebb & Gitlin Kaiser Permanente Corp.
The Marriotte Corp. Mechanics Savings Bank,
Pope & Hassard Law Offices of Carlos Gomez
Paine-Webber Finance Corp. Prue-Parlotti
Sawmut Manufacturing Corp. United Band and Trust,
Univeristy of Connecticut
Yale New Haven Hospital
Smilow Cancer Center, Yale New Haven
Bridgeport Hospital

I have been a full time artist in Ct. for over 30 years. I look forward to expanding my Etsy shop to include my 2016 to present landscapes available as limited edition prints, and originals. Visit ( will be under construction until late fall 2017. A general search may yield some results, but for more up to date paintings, please contact me directly through
1. etsy convo
2. email: carlaniehaus [!at]
3. Ct. Arts Bank
for more information about my art, corporate collections, and my ceramic art., education and long history of workshops in Ct.
AT THIS TIME: Aug. 2017
I am preparing ceramic pieces for glaze firings in Oct. 2017, and taking the months of Aug. - Nov. to complete plein air oil and acrylic landscapes of the Berkshire Hills near my studio in Barkhamsted.
Feel free to contact me, and have a great day,

Shop members

  • carla niehaus

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

    Born in 1949 Ohio 1971 Bachelors Anderson U., Anderson, In. 1973 Masters in Painting, Miami U. Oxford, Ohio owned and operated Niehaus Wholesale Pottery,Ohio 1984 relocated to Barkhamsted, Ct. from 1973 Full time artist, painting and ceramics

Production partners

  • a printing service

    Buffalo, NY

    This is a family owned business that has developed a specialization in quality control through a an effective communication style with the creative artist. The seem to be satisfaction oriented, and proud of their production outcome.

  • A printing service

    Minneapolis, MN

    This company began in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has expanded thier ink jet archival fine art prints and photo finishing company to 50 states. It is a family business that shows professionalism in the market place.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Thank you for visiting my shop.

My art pieces are all individually created with my hands.
I like to feel that each piece retains a hand made feel, as well as a non commercial appearance, and a one of a kind characteristic of NIEHAUS ART. Additions of materials to my clay body, glazing, and firing processes helps to remove my art pieces from a commercial appearance. Dipping and pouring my glazes, as well as additions of brushwork and slip helps to create my varied surface textures and appearance.
It is important for me to accurately describe my ceramic pieces in a way that will give you the confidence to make an informed decision for your purchases. I do not describe my mugs only in inches, because I feel that type of description is not as informative as the ounces of fluid they will hold.
Please ask questions in the event that you need further description of a ceramic piece.
My photographs are taken out doors on a bright sunny day. The glazes are generally lighter, brighter, and more accurate in this type of lighting than they appear indoors. My photos never seem to do justice to the color and nuances in the actual piece.
Thank you again for visiting my shop.

Paintings and Prints:
Individual collectors and Corporations have been purchasing my paintings for over 40 years. I use only the highest quality archival paint, canvas and paper.
My current fine art website, is having a makeover, and will gradually be fully updated. Meanwhile I will be making a number of prints and originals available for purchase in this site.

I hope you will enjoy my lifetime of achievement and dedication in each of your purchases. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you so much for your support,
Carla Niehaus

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If your purchase has arrived in less than perfect condition, please return it to me in it's original packaging so that I can file a claim with the U.S.P.S, Initially you will be responsible for shipping the item back to me, and I will ship the replacement item to you for free. I will also refund your damaged goods shipping cost . My packaging is extensive, and as yet have not had any problems with damaged goods. However I do want to be prepared for this issue.

I do not extend cash refunds, unless your item has been damaged in shipping.
*I have never had an item damaged in shipping.

I do not accept returns from a third party.

If you have purchased an item from my shop, and are not satisfied with your purchase, I would be happy to exchange it (one time only) for a nearly identical item, when you return your purchase to me in it's original condition, and original packaging, postage paid.
It would not be possible for me to exchange an item based on the brush work design.
A certain amount of confidence in my brushwork style, or slight variations in the glaze development of the ceramic piece should be considered before making your purchase.

If you have further questions about returning my artwork, or feel I have not addressed a returns issue, please feel free to contact me through etsy, I welcome your input.
The easiest way to complete your order is through Etsy's Direct Checkout, or PayPal option.
PayPal's " Bill Me Later " option works well for multiple payments.
I am shipping via Priority Mail at this time. I guarantee my shipments which are double boxed in sturdy cardboard.
All purchases are fully insured.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.
Feel free to request overnight shipping, with added fees, however, I cannot guarantee alternative shipping times as the holiday season arrives.
Additional policies and FAQs
I accept commissions. Feel free to contact me for details.