earthformsbymarie

Nature inspired ceramics

Florida, United States · 740 Sales

earthformsbymarie

Nature inspired ceramics

Florida, United States 740 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(225)
Marie Wingate

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5 out of 5 stars
(225)
desiree Welsh

desiree Welsh on Jul 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I have the brown Buddha and a old friend of mine really likes blue. so I got her the pretty aqua blue for her birthday. oh my I think I made her day. these are so well made and just glow with positive energy. thank you so much. I must add this shop ships super fast.

desiree Welsh

desiree Welsh on Jul 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this for my aunt but....I kept it because it was so adorable. I guess I will have to order another for her. that's the problem with this shop. everything is so special you want to keep it. :)

desiree Welsh

desiree Welsh on Jul 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

as always this is one of my favorite stores for gifts and just for me. I have bought so many birthday gifts here and everyone is so pleased with the item. Marie rocks!!

LOREEN TORRES

LOREEN TORRES on Jul 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I just love these pendants. I ordered them before for each one of our cars. Now I've ordered several to give as gifts. Great service and response. Quick delivery.

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These simple yoga inspired lotus pendants are perfect for the yoga lover for summer! These 3 lovelies have just been listed in my store today smile
Today is my first day back from my vacation & I'm busy listing some new pieces in my store. These heart pendants have a nice distressed patina finish! Stop by & check out what else is newsmile
It's been a while since I had these elephant car fresheners in stock. They are individually hand painted, each one is unique. I listed them in my shop today! Stop by soon before they stampede out of my store!!!
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About

A life spent up to my elbows in clay.

I opened my shop in August 2011 with just a handful of work, lots of enthusiasm & some high hopes that I could sell a few pieces in this vast & wonderful marketplace called Etsy. With my dream ceramic home studio up & running it meant I could finally fully settle into my Florida life after moving from the UK & establish my work here in the USA.
I am a huge advocate of 'fair trade' & love Etsy! I am in awe of all the artists, crafters & vintage sellers, where else is there such an amazing variety of items available? whatever the heart desires it can be found here!

My journey in the world of ceramics began in 1986 when I applied for a position as a potters apprentice at Haseley Manor pottery Studio, on the Isle of Wight, England. I always wanted to work with clay after being introduced to this wonderful medium in High School but somehow ended up taking Graphic Design as my Art elective as I also love to draw & paint. Thankfully, I got the position & that is where this lifelong passion began.

Haseley Manor Pottery was a small village studio in rural England with just a handful of artists led by local potter Krystyna Young. I served a traditional apprenticeship which meant starting at the bottom & working my way up, eventually becoming Chief Decorator for my skills with a paintbrush. Krystyna Young took me under her wing & gave me a solid foundation from which my entire working life has been heavily influenced & still serves me today. Sadly, she passed away in 1990 & the studio closed. I am eternally grateful for her teachings of both pottery & life.

After leaving Hasley Manor life took a new twist when I had became interested in Occupational Therapy. I took up a position teaching Ceramics/pottery as a therapeutic activity for people suffering from acute mental illness. This meant I had less time for my own work but I loved this job & the people I met, both staff & patients who opened my eyes to the plight of those suffering from mental illness. It was both challenging & rewarding for the 8 years I spent there, taught me about compassion & showed me the therapeutic value of art/pottery as a tool for healing. Around this time I found my other passion, which is Yoga! I was lucky enough to assist the Yoga Teacher who came to work with our patients & I saw first hand how it helped them to become more relaxed, insightful & spiritually connected with themselves. Yoga practice has been a part of my life ever since & always will be.

After having my daughter, moving away & being a Mom for four years I was ready to get back to work. My next position was Art & Ceramics technician at a prestigious, private Liberal Art School in Surrey, England. Frensham Heights School was an incredible place to be, it is a beautiful historic stately building set in many acres of rural England. It also has the most extensive Arts program I have ever seen in any school, with all areas of the creative arts represented & considered equal to all academic subjects. It has a very refreshing progressive philosophy & I loved working here. The teachers are all accomplished artists themselves, the atmosphere is nurturing & highly creative.
It was here that I took my work to the next level as I had free reign to use the studio's, equipment & facilities any time they were not in use. The students at the school were truly an inspiration, It is the greatest gift to share knowledge & teach students, 'pass it on' is my philosophy.

A new chapter began in 2005 when we moved to Florida & this is when I decided to go it alone. It has taken time & unfaltering faith to accomplish my dreams but worth every second. In 2011 I took the 200 hour Yoga teacher training & this is what set my creativity free. That same year I penned a poem describing my beautiful relationship with Yoga & pottery. I entered the poem in a competition organized by a charity called 'One common Unity' which is an organization dedicated to bringing art & yoga programs to youths from deprived inner city areas. My poem was selected to be published in the book "The poetry of Yoga" volume 2 in 2012. All proceeds from book sales go the help young people to stay off the streets & become involved in the arts. I am proud to be a part of this & it is close to my heart.

Pottery is Yoga

The many gifts of inspiration
flowing creativity through body & mind
energy from these hands
fingertips knowing how hard to press
opening possibilities
we are partners in the creative dance
taking on new form
ever evolving, courageous & joyful
daring to go further yet mindful
seeing no boundaries
no cluttered thoughts
bound together
the earth & me.

marie wingate

Currently, I divide my time between my studio, study, shows, yoga & my students both children & adults. It is the perfect combination & I cant wait to see what's next!!!!
Thank You for reading my story & for stopping by my store.

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Last updated on May 3, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

Some pieces may be custom ordered or made-to-order.
If you have seen an item but it's no longer available, feel free to ask. Out of stock items can be made-to-order please contact me for availability & processing times.

Times may vary depending on my schedule at any given time.


***Always allow 6-8 weeks if you are ordering for an event***

I will respond to your enquiry within 24 hours.

Once agreement is made between customer & artist on the details of your custom order full payment is required in advance of commencing work.
If you wish to cancel a custom order please notify me within 48 hours of placing the order.
There are no refunds on custom orders/customized pieces.

Sizing details

Please contact me for questions regarding sizing/dimensions or if you are unsure, need metric conversion or require further photo's or details of any item in my store before or after making your purchase.

Many of my ceramic pendants come on a knotted cord (no clasp) so that they can slip over your head.
The most popular lengths are 22", 24", 26" which should fit most adults.
If you are unsure or need advice please contact me.
If you order the wrong size by mistake please let me know so we can resolve/replace easily.
I am very happy to provide you with the answers to your questions regarding any of my work, as part of the friendly service I wish to provide to all customers.

Wholesale availability

I will be adding some new items to my wholesale section in my shop. I do currently offer wholesale on some select aromatherapy & jewelry items, these are made to order if not in stock & processing times vary depending on my schedule.

Please contact me with your ideas or requests, I will get back to you quickly!

Gift wrapping and packaging

If you are ordering a gift & would like your item gift wrapped please leave a note to seller on your order requesting gift wrapping.
You may also add a hand written message for the recipient.
This service is complimentary.

It is possible to have the item shipped directly to the recipient, to do this you need to add/update the address to your order & leave a note to seller.

Where possible I try to use recycled shipping supplies & reuse clean packing peanuts, bubble wrap etc.
I use new boxes as my items are mostly fragile & need robust boxing to get to you in one piece!
I take great care in packing my items to avoid disappointment.

What to do if my item arrives damaged or is lost?

Damaged items:
*Contact me immediately so I can guide you through the process.
*Photograph the broken item & packaging or ask someone else to do this for you.
*Send the photo to me asap using the Etsy convo/message so we can communicate & I can initiate a claim.
*keep both item the & packaging for the purpose of an insurance claim, this is a requirement for refund.

Lost/non delivery:
*Contact me if you do not receive your order after a reasonable amount of time. The post office has guidelines on how long before they will accept an insurance claim for lost items.
*If a tracked item is marked delivered but is not received it would need to be investigated. Always check outbuildings, with neighbors & other household members first.