CheloniaCeramics

chelonia ceramics // meticulously imagined + handmade

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Announcement    * LOCAL COUPON CODE *
****If you live local to Grand Rapids (no more than 15-20 minutes away from zip code 49506) you can enter the code LOCALTURTLES2021 at checkout for 15% off your total purchase. If you are farther away than that, but don't mind driving to my house to pick up your items, you can still use that code. I'll send you a message asking if you are opting for pickup or delivery once your purchase is complete. ****

Hello!

My name is Amber, and my handcrafted ceramic business is called Chelonia Ceramics. I live and work in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I love what I do. Nice to meet you!

Here are a few insights into my studio process, how I stock my shop, and what to expect:

- I do not make custom orders, or individual pots for individual customers. Everything in my shop is in the "ready to ship" category--- meaning I have already completely made the item, start to finish. The pots that are listed in the shop already exist and are waiting patiently on my inventory shelves to be discovered and shipped to their new homes.

- Each batch of a particular item can be expected to take between 6-10 weeks to create. I make every piece in my home studio, with my own materials and my own two hands. I've spent the past couple years practicing, studying, and refining my craft, and look forward to many decades more.

- Each and every batch will be unique in some way, because I'm always tweaking my designs and process. I never make two batches the exact same. Sometimes I never make a certain design again, or keep the idea on the back burner for a couple of years before bringing it to life with a new spin on the original idea. I post images of each particular batch so that what you see is as close to what you get as possible.

- Etsy does not easily allow shoppers to find sold out listings, so here is a more comprehensive list of the kinds of items I make, if you cannot see them in my shop currently:
- mugs and teabowls
- teapots and pour over coffeepots
- jewelry jars, earring holders, and small jewelry boxes
- butter keeper crocks (the kind with the butter bell on the lid)
- wall vases: larger ones, smaller ones, carved ones, simple ones, gold lustered ones. All kinds.
- wall planters
- bud vases and mid sized vases
- small lidded jars with scoops
- stick incense holders
- intricately carved tealight votives
- intricately carved mushroom-shaped lamps (on a smaller scale--- like for end tables, or as nightlights)
- tiny animal figurines with flowers painted on their butts
- and lots more! I love dreaming up new designs.

I hope that the points listed above provide some insight about how I work. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. All feedback is so valuable to me, and helps me make better work and a better shopping experience for you.

It brings meaning and joy to my existence to hear from you if you really enjoy something you purchased from me. if you really love something you bought from me, if it has come to mean something important to you or someone else, please send a quick message or leave a review.

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 4, 2021

* LOCAL COUPON CODE *
****If you live local to Grand Rapids (no more than 15-20 minutes away from zip code 49506) you can enter the code LOCALTURTLES2021 at checkout for 15% off your total purchase. If you are farther away than that, but don't mind driving to my house to pick up your items, you can still use that code. I'll send you a message asking if you are opting for pickup or delivery once your purchase is complete. ****

Hello!

My name is Amber, and my handcrafted ceramic business is called Chelonia Ceramics. I live and work in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I love what I do. Nice to meet you!

Here are a few insights into my studio process, how I stock my shop, and what to expect:

- I do not make custom orders, or individual pots for individual customers. Everything in my shop is in the "ready to ship" category--- meaning I have already completely made the item, start to finish. The pots that are listed in the shop already exist and are waiting patiently on my inventory shelves to be discovered and shipped to their new homes.

- Each batch of a particular item can be expected to take between 6-10 weeks to create. I make every piece in my home studio, with my own materials and my own two hands. I've spent the past couple years practicing, studying, and refining my craft, and look forward to many decades more.

- Each and every batch will be unique in some way, because I'm always tweaking my designs and process. I never make two batches the exact same. Sometimes I never make a certain design again, or keep the idea on the back burner for a couple of years before bringing it to life with a new spin on the original idea. I post images of each particular batch so that what you see is as close to what you get as possible.

- Etsy does not easily allow shoppers to find sold out listings, so here is a more comprehensive list of the kinds of items I make, if you cannot see them in my shop currently:
- mugs and teabowls
- teapots and pour over coffeepots
- jewelry jars, earring holders, and small jewelry boxes
- butter keeper crocks (the kind with the butter bell on the lid)
- wall vases: larger ones, smaller ones, carved ones, simple ones, gold lustered ones. All kinds.
- wall planters
- bud vases and mid sized vases
- small lidded jars with scoops
- stick incense holders
- intricately carved tealight votives
- intricately carved mushroom-shaped lamps (on a smaller scale--- like for end tables, or as nightlights)
- tiny animal figurines with flowers painted on their butts
- and lots more! I love dreaming up new designs.

I hope that the points listed above provide some insight about how I work. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. All feedback is so valuable to me, and helps me make better work and a better shopping experience for you.

It brings meaning and joy to my existence to hear from you if you really enjoy something you purchased from me. if you really love something you bought from me, if it has come to mean something important to you or someone else, please send a quick message or leave a review.

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About CheloniaCeramics

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Chelonia?

My name is Amber, and I am the artist behind Chelonia Ceramics. I create unique, functional porcelain pottery for living spaces out of my home studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My pots are intricate and delicate, but also intentionally designed for everyday use.

So don’t be afraid to use them! I know they look fancy, but don’t leave them in a china cabinet. Life is too short for that.

“Form follows function” is an approach I use to make everything. This concept is also found in the biology of every living thing, in architecture, clothing, and anything that is meant to exist in a particular environment at a particular time and carry out a particular function. The form follows function concept means is that I first prioritize the creation of objects that do their jobs well, and any pleasing aesthetic attributes are thought out in harmony with the functional parts or as functional parts themselves.

No part of my process is automated, and I’m very meticulous and precise, which means that everything I make takes… a very long time to make. I like that. I’ve embraced my slow pace, which is why I came up with the name Chelonia Ceramics for my business.

Chelonia, pronounced in the U.S. as “chell- oh - nee - uh”, is a taxonomic name for the order of reptiles in which tortoises and turtles are categorized. (Example: a sea turtle’s scientific name is Chelonia mydas) What this means is that I get to stamp all of my pots with a little turtle, as a symbol of my dedication to my methodical, ponderous process (slow-n-steady), a simple lifestyle (don’t you wish everything you owned fit on your back??), and to my relentlessly curious inner nerd.

My work is always taking new directions, moving and growing with me. I am currently working in an Art Nouveau - sci-fi fantasy style that comes very naturally to me. After a prolonged and somewhat arduous stint of trying to make minimalistish, designer-y pots, it feels really good to make pots that are more “me”. I read sooo many fantasy and sci-fi books growing up, and have always been obsessed with intricate little machines and creatures. I’ve decided that it’s better not to fight something that flows, and so I’m letting myself play more.

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    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Hi! My name is Amber, and I am the one-grrrl-band that is Chelonia Ceramics. I enjoy running in the rain, dark and mysterious autumn days, reading anything I can get my hands on, and, of course, clay.

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Last updated on Sep 13, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I do not take custom orders.

Care instructions

I’d prefer that you hand wash the items you buy from me, because the rigor and abrasive degree of a dishwashing cycle varies from dishwasher to dishwasher, and handmade ceramics last longest if you hand wash them anyway. Anything without gold is microwave safe. Give freshly boiled water 2-3 minutes to cool before pouring into pots.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I loathe plastic, so everything I use to package your purchase is either paper based or compostable. I wrap each item in a corrugated wrap and truss is up with hemp cord, and then bury it in either compostable packing peanuts or shredded cardboard boxes inside a sturdy cardboard box sealed with water-activated string-reinforced paper tape. Yes, you will be getting a brown paper package tied up with string. Simply set this package on your table or couch and carefully cut the cords until the package pops open. Excessive wrangling or lack of care when opening a package will probably result in something getting busted, so take your time.

Wholesale availability

I sell wholesale to other small businesses through Faire, an online marketplace for makers and retailers. Here is the direct link to my Faire page:

https://cheloniaceramics.faire.com

Orders take anywhere from 1-4 months to make and ship. I can only take on so many orders at one time, so I often pause my page until the current queue has been completed.