Hand-made Stoneware Pottery

Rockford, Illinois · 29 Sales


Hand-made Stoneware Pottery

Rockford, Illinois 29 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Charis Cook

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brian f

brian f on Mar 19, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Love it. Perfect size. Fast shipping.

Jenni Green

Jenni Green on Feb 21, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

I asked Charis to make a special teacup and saucer for my daughter's birthday. She far exceeded my expectations!!! I love the colors and texture. My daughter said it is her favorite in her collection. :)

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Basement Beginnings

I took pottery classes in college and loved it! The probability of ever making pottery again, though, seemed thin. Then, one year my husband bought a used kiln for my birthday. We put it in the basement laundry room and I've been making pots ever since!

Originally, I didn't have access to a potter's wheel so everything was hand-built. That was a good experience for me to stretch my thinking and figure out new ways of making pottery.

Pottery-making in the basement can be a challenge given that there isn't much room. But I work with what I have and I love what I do!

The pottery process can be confusing, but I will give you a short explanation so you know what I do. I will put pottery terms in quotations. First, one begins with wet clay. It can be thrown on a wheel or rolled out into "slabs" and cut, shaped, and assembled (my primary method) into works of art. The the potter has to wait until the "green ware" (pottery pieces of raw clay) is "bone dry" before he can fire a "bisque". The bisque firing gets the pottery partially "vitrified" (when the pottery is fully matured) but still porous enough to accept a glaze. Once the "bisque ware" (bisqued pottery) is glazed, it is fired and cooled again and becomes "glaze ware". That is the finished product you see! Potters all have their own methods and styles and not every process follows the above. That is why pottery is so fascinating! The possibilities are endless.


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  • Charis Cook

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    I have always had an interest in art. I went to college and graduated with an Interior Design degree. My minor was art and my favorite class was ceramics. That class gave me an itch for pottery and thankfully I'm now able to scratch it!

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Last updated on May 8, 2013
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in my shop. I am excited to share with you the results of my explorations in clay.

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I re-use clean boxes and packing materials when I can. However, please let me know if you would prefer a new box. I do not usually include a packing slip, but will put one in if requested.

I ship using USPS Priority Mail with delivery confirmation (tracking). Shipping upgrades and/or insurance will be included, if requested, for an extra fee.

Packaging is handled with great care to ensure that your pottery arrives safely. If, in the event it does not, I will be glad to work with you individually.
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Additional policies and FAQs
I enjoy making custom orders and will try just about anything. Feel free to provide me with pictures of your inspiration. I can also send you pictures of my progress, if desired, to make sure that I am on the right track.

Please allow up to 6 weeks for custom requests.