CheloniaCeramics

chelonia ceramics // meticulously imagined + handmade

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Note from shop owner Hello! Thank you for another great year. My Etsy shop will be paused at least through the new year, but I’ve put together a new website which should be accessible soon (by 12/22 or so) at
www.cheloniaceramics.com.

Go take a look, and sign up for the newsletter if you would like to receive a brief heads up in your inbox when new batches of work become available. Thank you!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 17, 2021

Hello! Thank you for another great year. My Etsy shop will be paused at least through the new year, but I’ve put together a new website which should be accessible soon (by 12/22 or so) at
www.cheloniaceramics.com.

Go take a look, and sign up for the newsletter if you would like to receive a brief heads up in your inbox when new batches of work become available. Thank you!

Amber

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About CheloniaCeramics

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On Etsy since 2019

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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  • Amber

    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.