Modern Illustrated Pottery Handmade in Scotland

Inverness, United Kingdom | 7676 Sales


Modern Illustrated Pottery Handmade in Scotland

Inverness, United Kingdom 7676 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars (2196)

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Last updated on Jan 20, 2019

Next Shop Update---> January 25th at 7pm (UK time) over at juliasmithceramics.bigcartel.com

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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.

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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 August 21, 2018
Welcome to my shop. Each piece of ceramics is handmade at my workshop near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Sometimes I sell out of certain collections but I always endeavour to have these back in stock as soon as possible.

If there is an item you would like to purchase that happens to be out of stock, please contact me and I can advise further on it’s availability. You will be given the opportunity to make a pre-order/ reserve purchase on most items.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
I hope you love your Julia Smith Ceramics. However, if you are unsatisfied with it or you have just changed your mind please let me know immediately.If you wish to return your piece to us, please contact us first, then ensuring the piece is in its original condition (unused and unmarked) send it to us within 14 days of receipt, in order for us to arrange an exchange or refund. Once a piece has been used, we can no longer accept the product as a return for refund. Please ensure you have proof of postage as we accept no liability for loss of returns in the post. Please note we are unable to refund postage costs. We do not accept unauthorised returns under any circumstances and we are sorry, but we do not reimburse the postage on items that are being returned unless they are faulty.
If you wish to cancel your order before it has been posted out to you, then please confirm this by email as soon as possible and we will reimburse you the cost within 30 days. 
In the unlikely event that the goods become damaged during postage then please let us know as soon as they arrive and we can investigate this. If you do not report this immediately then we will not accept any responsibility for the damage and are not obliged to reimburse you.
You will be responsible for your postage costs for returning an item to me, unless that item is faulty. You are responsible for the product until it reaches me. If you return something to me I will notify you by email to let you knowI  have received it. If I approve the refund I will aim to refund you within 2 working weeks.
Refunds will be issued via the original method of payment.
Sale items cannot be returned or refunded.
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.
I aim to dispatch your order within 1-3 working days from date of order.
UK orders are delivered by Royal Mail’s ’24 Signed For’ service. In the event that there is nobody to sign for the parcel, Royal Mail will leave a note with directions for collection. If you do not collect your item from the post office within the time stipulated on the card and the item is returned to me, I reserve the right to charge for re-postage. 
EU and Rest of World order are delivered by Royal Mail’s ‘International Tracked and Signed’ service.
All deliveries will require a signature upon receipt.
Please note, international orders may be subject to import duties and/or tax, in such cases these are the responsibility of the buyer.
Additional policies and FAQs
*How to Care for the Pots*
I recommend a combination of handwashing and occasional dishwasher cycles, 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 or dishwasher.

I have tried to give the best possible representation of my products on the site. Please check dimensions carefully before you make your purchase.

*Privacy Policy*
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through Etsy.com or its related sites and services.
This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy. You can reference the Etsy Privacy Policy to learn more about its privacy practices.

Information I Collect
To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of jewellery, for example), if you contact me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It
I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
• as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
• when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
• if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
• as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure
Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
• Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
• Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
• Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
• Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention
I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU
I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

Your Rights
If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:
• Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
• Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
• Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
• Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me
For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Julia Smith, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at info [!at] juliasmithceramics.com.