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Paul Olson

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kthr05480 on Jul 15, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

wonderful glaze, I have a tree ready for it.


kthr05480 on Jul 15, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Nice pot, shipped quickly and safely

Bonnie Ozdil

Bonnie Ozdil on Jul 8, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

The planter is great. Thanks, Bonnie

Nancy and Robert Krampf

Nancy and Robert Krampf on Jun 21, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

wonderful planter, now all i have to do is figure out what plant will be the lucky one. great transaction and packing was great.

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The Short Story

Paul Olson's work with ceramics grew out of his interest in bonsai, which he has cultivated since the untimely demise of his first potted juniper in 1989. After spending years acquiring ugly trees from the Maine woods, from nursery bargain bins, or various front yards, there came a need for pots. Finding quality bonsai pots out of financial reach, in 2006 Paul bought a second hand kick wheel and vintage kiln and began experimenting with forming shapes in clay. Ten years down the road and Clam Alley Pottery can be found in many bonsai collections, from novice to expert.

Two Clam Alley Pots were accepted to the 3rd National Juried Bonsai Pottery Exhibition at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the National Arboretum in Wasington DC in the summer of 2015, one earning the 2nd Place Award in the rectangle category.

As well as being a Grandpah and all around handyman, Paul is an Illustrator and Painter, and currently a Senior Critic in the Illustration Department at Rhode Island School of Design and Visiting Lecturer (18yrs.) in the Illustration Department at Massachusetts College of Art.


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Shop policies

Last updated on February 10, 2011
Thanks for visiting Clam Alley Pottery. All Items are made by Paul Olson.

We use high quality stoneware clay, so if not dropped from a height onto a very hard surface, this pottery should last for generations. Items are thrown on the wheel or hand built from slabs, fired in an electric kiln, glazed and fired again to cone 6, about 2300ºF. All glazes are lead free and food safe, hand washing is recommended. We don't recommend using plant pots for food, as they all have a hole in the bottom.

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We accept payment through Paypal, please follow the link to complete the transaction. We also accept money orders, but sorry, not personal checks.
We ship via USPS, items are usually shipped out within 1-3 business days. Please allow 3-10 days for receipt of your package. If you would like insurance or confirmation on your package we will add the charge to your bill. We do our best to pack our pots to ship safely, and so far our brand new store has had no breakage during shipping.
Refunds and Exchanges
We want you to be happy with your purchase! Returns for any reason are acceptable within 3 days of receipt. We will refund the original price of the piece, but are unable to reimburse shipping charges. We will refund the purchase price on anything broken in transit, please inform us as soon as you receive damaged goods.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please check back often, we will be adding new items regularly. There are many variations produced when one can't seem to make the same pot twice.