CheloniaCeramics

Grand Rapids, Michigan On Etsy since 2019

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CheloniaCeramics

Grand Rapids, Michigan | 197 Sales

Announcement    Hello! 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, with my own two hands. I've spent the past couple years practicing, studying, and refining my craft; but still, I have so much to learn! For all the pots that you see listed, there is an equal number of pots that did not make the grade. I've worked hard to get here, and I have so much work ahead of me still!

- 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. 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. 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--- 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 tell me about it! I appreciate you!

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 17, 2020

Hello! 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, with my own two hands. I've spent the past couple years practicing, studying, and refining my craft; but still, I have so much to learn! For all the pots that you see listed, there is an equal number of pots that did not make the grade. I've worked hard to get here, and I have so much work ahead of me still!

- 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. 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. 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--- 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 tell me about it! I appreciate you!

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About CheloniaCeramics

Sales 197
On Etsy since 2019

Chelonia?

"Chelonia" (pronounced chell-oh-nee-uh) 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 form vessels slowly, dry them slowly, and fire them slowly. One vessel may take over a month from start to finish.

I explore many different functional forms in my work, and many different decorative techniques as well. What I choose to make often changes from month to month or year to year, but I strive to bring all my craftmanship skills to bear with everything I make. My hope is that these objects will be used and cherished.

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.

Shop members

  • 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.

Shop policies

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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.