Announcement   Beautiful ceramic pots, hand-carved in tapestry-like designs of flowers, vines and birds.

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Beautiful ceramic pots, hand-carved in tapestry-like designs of flowers, vines and birds.

Sue Canizares

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Sue Canizares

Porcelain Whistle/Yellow Bird Whistle
Porcelain Whistle/Yellow Bird Whistle
$25.00
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5 out of 5 stars
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tarajohn1

tarajohn1 on Apr 25, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I adore this mug! It's big and it's fun to drink from because it's so cute. Coffee in this mug cheers my mornings!

Gale

Gale on Apr 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Love the carved style and color. Was hoping (against the measurements) that this would be big enough to use as a wall hanging. Will check back to see if you ever offer something bigger like that.

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About

A few goats and chickens and a lot of pottery

I once took a pottery class when I was studying for a fine arts degree in college. This is where most potters say something like: "I fell in love with the clay" or "I never looked back" or "I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life." It wasn't like that for me. I spent hours trying to make a pot on the potter's wheel. My hands were scraped and bloody from the clay and wheel and there were more than a few tears. Even worse, I had a teacher who didn't try and spare anyone's feelings. If he thought a pot was bad, he threw it on the floor. To my credit, he did say that I had a great sense of form. Still, I ended up dropping the class out of sheer frustration.

Fast forward several years and I found myself living in France because my husband's company sent us there for seven years for his job. While there, I had to find activities to get involved with that would help me learn the language and culture, so I signed up for a pottery class at a local community center. I still ended up with a bad-tempered instructor and had a lot of frustration, but I finally did fall in love with the clay. Being in that class helped me with language skills but more often than not, the conversation around me was forgotten while I deeply focused on my pottery.

When we returned to Virginia, I continued working with ceramics by taking an intensive yearlong Production Pottery program at Tidewater Community College. Surprisingly, the instructor was very friendly and he emphasized good design and fine craftsmanship over purely production values.

Now I live in Upstate New York on a 50-acre farm and my studio is in my home. Pottery is a part of my life. When I'm not making pots, I spend the time taking care of my 4 very cute but somewhat naughty and very spoiled miniature goats and a small flock of 10 beautiful chickens.

As an individual potter, I work very hard at all aspects of my craft, starting with preparing the clay and glazes, all the way to marketing, packaging and shipping. I use very basic equipment: a sturdy potter's wheel, an electric kiln for firing and a few simple tools for carving, smoothing and trimming. Mostly I use my hands and lots and lots of time. I try to avoid toxic materials for my health and that of my customers. My raw materials mostly come from the earth and will go back there some day. I just pretty it all up a little.

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  • Sue Canizares

    Owner, Creator, Does Everything

    SueCanizaresCeramics has her pottery studio in Upstate NY, on a 50-acre farm. She designs and makes finely crafted, pretty things. Follow her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SueCanizaresCeramics. Contact her at: sueceramics@gmail.com.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 19, 2016
Hi, and welcome to my shop. I literally spend hours and hours creating my ceramic pieces and my best hope is to find someone like you who will take them home and care about them as much as I do.

As you live with my work, take the time to enjoy the wonderful feel of the surface carving; look at the elegant forms of some of the pieces or the quirky attitude of others; and finally examine the designs - you might find some little surprises there that you might not have noticed at first.

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I accept both PayPal and Direct checkout as payment methods. Please complete the purchase transaction within 24 hours.
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I will ship all items within 2business days of the cleared payment. I ship either parcel post or priority mail, depending on costs to the address on the Etsy invoice. I am happy to ship to other addresses, however, and if you require this service, please make that request in the notes to seller. If you wish the package be sent by another shipping method, please convo me first. I live in the country and we have a little post office in our tiny village that is only open afternoons but it is easiest for me to use.

I pack items very carefully to protect your investment. I double-box each piece or pieces using plenty of bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts. I'm happy to gift wrap the inner box that contains the pot for free and include a gift card. Just let me know.

I am happy to ship to Canada and internationally to other countries, but you must convo me for shipping costs. Buyer will be responsible for any international customs or duties.

New York residents will be charged 8% sales tax.
Refunds and Exchanges
I hope you will love your ceramic art piece as much as I do. Please note that all my work is handmade by me - that includes all glazes. There will always be variations in color and small imperfections. That's what makes them unique and charming. However, if you are unhappy, please contact me within 14 days of receiving your order so we can work something out. Additionally, if the pot arrives damaged, please document the damage and let me know as soon as possible. In the event that we agree on a refund, buyer will be responsible for the cost of return postage and must use the original packing for safe arrival.