Modern Illustrated Pottery Handmade in Scotland

Inverness, United Kingdom · 4583 Sales


Modern Illustrated Pottery Handmade in Scotland

Inverness, United Kingdom 4583 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Thank you for visiting my shop. I am away until the March 27th and will reopen as soon as I get back.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 17, 2017

Thank you for visiting my shop. I am away until the March 27th and will reopen as soon as I get back.

Julia Smith

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Julia Smith


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Natalie Wreyford

Natalie Wreyford on Mar 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

So beautiful. One of my favourite things in the world.


islamcguire1 on Mar 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Fast postage, excellent quality. I love it, thank you!

Jeska Eade

Jeska Eade on Mar 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I cannot tell you how much I love my new mug! I will definitely be ordering more!

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The Story behind Julia Smith Ceramics

My name is Julia Smith and I am a ceramic maker based near Inverness in Scotland. All the pottery in my shop is thrown or hand built and hand printed designs are added to the glazed surfaces inspired by my local natural environment and the simple pleasures of everyday life.

I discovered ceramics whilst at art school in Glasgow studying to be a product designer. I was immediately drawn to the messy organic nature of clay and the pyromaniac in me was fascinated by the changing effects fire has on clay and glazed surfaces.

I have been working with clay since graduating from art school in 1996 initially working on public and community art projects in Glasgow then developing my own pottery range and moving to the Highlands in 2010.

I live in a small quiet village on the banks of the Moray Firth where dolphins can occasionally be spotted. You will mostly find me in my studio listening to Radio 4 making my orders or developing new forms and glazes.

I am always experimenting to keep my work fresh and challenging and visited Denmark in 2014 on a ceramics residency developing direct printing on clay techniques.

A trip to Iceland in 2015 led to a new body of work made with black lava-like clay and colourful organic flowing glazes inspired by the fascinating glacial/ volcanic landscape.

If I am not in the studio you will probably find me in my garden tending my vegetable plot or in the kitchen making experimental dinners.


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    Hi, I am Julia a potter based in the Highlands of Scotland. Natural earthy ceramics combined with modern printmaking best describe my everyday use ceramics.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 20, 2017
Welcome to my shop. Each piece of ceramics is handmade at my workshop in Ardersier near Inverness. If you are looking for something in particular or a special commission, please contact me.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
I accept Paypal and expect payment within 7 days. If payment has not been made within this time I will contact you by email and if I get no response I will cancel the order. Please keep your etsy and paypal address information up to date. I will use the etsy address if they are different. If you have any problems with checkout or payment, let me know and i will do my best to help you out. If you need to cancel your order please let me know before the order is shipped. You will need to cover the shipping costs (+ return)if it has already been posted.
Orders are shipped the same or next day as payment is received unless otherwise discussed, for example a custom order. You will be emailed personally once your order has shipped and also if there is any delay. I ship orders within 1-2 business days of cleared payment being received. For the UK items are sent 1st Class Royal Mail.
Everywhere else orders are shipped via Standard International. Please be aware that this service can take from one week up to four weeks and does not provide Tracking information.
If you require Royal Mail RECORDED DELIVERY (UK next day delivery) or International Tracked & Signed please select that option at checkout or CONVO me before payment so I can adjust your shipping costs.

Combined shipping is offered for multiple items only if payment is sent for all items in one transaction.

If you would like your order sent to another address as a gift, let me know and I can include a gift card from you and a short message.

*International Orders*
I am happy to take orders from any country. Let me know where you would like it shipped and I will weigh the item and find out the actual shipping costs allowing you to make an informed decision before you buy.

*Custom or import duties*

If your delivery country charges customs or import duties - these will be charges once the package reaches the destination country. You will have to pay these charges. Unfortunately we have no control over the charges and cannot inform you what they will be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country – so if you have any questions regarding this, please contact your local customs office for further information.
Refunds and Exchanges
*Lost or delayed items*
You will be sent an email confirming that your package has been sent. If your order has not arrived after 2 weeks of that email please let me know and I can look into it. I put my return address on all packages so it may end up being posting back in some cases. Please make sure you provide a correct address. If a package has to be resent due to you providing me with an incorrect address, you will be liable for the additional postage costs.

*Refunds/ Exchanges*
I accept refunds/ exchanges only if what I have sold is broken, defective or quite different from what I have described it as or shown in the photographs within 7 days of you receiving it. Please read the listing carefully so you know what size the piece so you know what to expect.
I do not accept unauthorised returns under any circumstances.
Additional policies and FAQs
*How to Care for the Pots*
My earthenware work is dishwasher safe, though I recommend a combination of handwashing and the dishwasher, since handmade pots are inherently less durable than industrial. People have been known to put my earthenware pots in the microwave, but it is not something I recommend because it is the iron (metal) that is giving the clay its rich red color. This high iron content can crack pots in a microwave. I fire my clay hotter than normal earthenware in order to vitrify the body and make it as durable as possible. Do not put pots with gold or silver lustre decoration in the microwave.

*Custom Orders*
I am happy to discuss custom orders. Please contact me for more information or to discuss your idea. Thanks for visiting my shop.