CheloniaCeramics

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CheloniaCeramics

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

- Each batch of a particular item can be expected to take between 6-10 weeks to create. Each piece is handcrafted in a time-intensive process that has taken me years to refine. I work constantly to improve my work and my process; nothing is perfect, and it never will be, thank goodness.

- Each and every batch will be unique in some way; I never make two batches the exact same. I post images of each particular batch so that what you see is as close to what you get as possible. You can assume to some extent that each batch is a limited edition of itself.

- Once a batch of a particular item has sold out, I place the intention to make another batch in a production queue that is entirely subject to change, cancellation, and delay, depending on what I feel like making. I am not a machine; incorporating creative freedom into my practice is critical to my growth as an artist and my mental health.

- All pieces are made in small batches; making single pieces for individual customers is incompatible with my process and unsustainable for me as the sole maker and business owner, so that is not part of my practice. I do not make custom orders.

***When a listed batch has sold out, you should be able to request an email notification for when the item is back in stock. To see sold items, including entirely sold out items, find the link under my shop title on my shop home page that shows the number of sales (it said 146 sales when I wrote this, for example). You should then be able to find the sold out item you're looking for. If you would like to be notified when I renew a listing in general, you can either opt to be separately notified for each variant that I restock (you would then get lots of emails) or just opt to be notified once Variant A is back in stock, because I usually always have a Variant A. If this seems like a mess (don't worry, it is) you can always just send me a message and I'll personally let you know when something is back in stock. Sorry for the runaround.***

I hope that the points listed above provide some insight about how I work. It's my way of setting healthy boundaries, so I can keep doing what I do best. Of course, as always, 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.

Oh, and hey--- if you really love something you bought from me, if it has come to mean something important to you or someone else, please tell me about it! I don't even care if it's a review. Just shoot me an email that reminds me that I'm not just shipping pots off to strangers in a void. This brings meaning and joy to my existence. I appreciate you!

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Last updated on Sep 13, 2020

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

- Each batch of a particular item can be expected to take between 6-10 weeks to create. Each piece is handcrafted in a time-intensive process that has taken me years to refine. I work constantly to improve my work and my process; nothing is perfect, and it never will be, thank goodness.

- Each and every batch will be unique in some way; I never make two batches the exact same. I post images of each particular batch so that what you see is as close to what you get as possible. You can assume to some extent that each batch is a limited edition of itself.

- Once a batch of a particular item has sold out, I place the intention to make another batch in a production queue that is entirely subject to change, cancellation, and delay, depending on what I feel like making. I am not a machine; incorporating creative freedom into my practice is critical to my growth as an artist and my mental health.

- All pieces are made in small batches; making single pieces for individual customers is incompatible with my process and unsustainable for me as the sole maker and business owner, so that is not part of my practice. I do not make custom orders.

***When a listed batch has sold out, you should be able to request an email notification for when the item is back in stock. To see sold items, including entirely sold out items, find the link under my shop title on my shop home page that shows the number of sales (it said 146 sales when I wrote this, for example). You should then be able to find the sold out item you're looking for. If you would like to be notified when I renew a listing in general, you can either opt to be separately notified for each variant that I restock (you would then get lots of emails) or just opt to be notified once Variant A is back in stock, because I usually always have a Variant A. If this seems like a mess (don't worry, it is) you can always just send me a message and I'll personally let you know when something is back in stock. Sorry for the runaround.***

I hope that the points listed above provide some insight about how I work. It's my way of setting healthy boundaries, so I can keep doing what I do best. Of course, as always, 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.

Oh, and hey--- if you really love something you bought from me, if it has come to mean something important to you or someone else, please tell me about it! I don't even care if it's a review. Just shoot me an email that reminds me that I'm not just shipping pots off to strangers in a void. This brings meaning and joy to my existence. I appreciate you!

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About CheloniaCeramics

Sales 152
On Etsy since 2019

Chelonia?

Chell-oh-nee-uh. "Chelonia" is one of the scientific names for the family of turtles. I picked Chelonia Ceramics as the name for my business because I think turtles make a pleasant and mildly charismatic mascot for ceramic work. Turtles are slow moving, have hard shells, and can live a long time, just like ceramic pots. I also make things at a relatively slow pace, because I believe that anything worth doing is worth doing right, even if it takes twice or three times as long. "Chelonia" represents my philosophy of things made slowly and made well. I make vessels slowly, dry them slowly, and fire them slowly. One vessel may take over a month from start to finish. Clay requires lots of babysitting and love to get it where you want it to go.

I am always looking to improve my work. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about an item, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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  • Amber

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Hi! My name is Amber, and I’m the tall lanky lady making your pots. I’m married and I’ve got birds and bunnies instead of babies. My studio is in my house, with half upstairs in a tiny sunroom and half in the basement.

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Last updated on Jun 4, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I do not currently make custom orders. I’ll take suggestions, though!

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. If you microwave something, please don’t microwave it for over 2 or 3 minutes, particularly if you have a really powerful microwave. If you boiled water and are preparing to pour it into a mug or teapot, give the water a minute or two to stop actively bubbling, and also check your vessel to make sure it is not ice cold. Extreme difference in temperature between the vessel and the liquid going into it can cause thermal shock and damage to the structural integrity of a pot.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I think about how much plastic is used and thrown into the environment regularly, so everything I use to package your purchase is going to be recycled, recyclable, or compostable. I typically encase each item in a corrugated cardboard-like wrap and truss is up with hemp cord, and then bury it in compostable peanuts inside of 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 please take your time.

Wholesale availability

I am currently deep in consideration about taking wholesale orders in my business. I'll update here when I feel more sure about whether or not I'll be doing it.