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About cheloniaceramics

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Chell-oh-nee-uh. It’s the scientific name for the family of turtles. I picked it as the name for my business because a) turtles are rad, b) turtles are really slow moving, have hard shells, and can live a long time, just like ceramic pots, and c) slooow n’ steady is the only way things get done in my world, and I believe that anything worth doing is worth doing right, even if it takes twice or three times as long. Basically, turtles represent 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, particularly if you want it to be completely awesome. I’m obsessed with what I do, and am always looking to improve my work.

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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
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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.