EzmeDesigns

ezme designs - functional ceramics by Chanda Beck

Oakland, California · 95 Sales

EzmeDesigns

ezme designs - functional ceramics by Chanda Beck

Oakland, California 95 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(30)

Announcement   All items are handmade and hand painted by Chanda Beck in Berkeley, CA at the Berkeley Potters Guild. Unless otherwise noted, all items are microwave, dishwasher and food-safe; although with all handmade ceramics, they will last longer with hand washing. Please email me with any questions and thank you for looking and supporting handmade!

Search "Ready to Ship" for items that are ready to go!

Check out my website at https://ezmedesigns.com/gallery for more awesome pieces. If you see something you like but wish it was a different color or a design you wish was on a different piece , convo me and I can do made to order - ship time is 4-8 weeks depending on availability.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 28, 2017

All items are handmade and hand painted by Chanda Beck in Berkeley, CA at the Berkeley Potters Guild. Unless otherwise noted, all items are microwave, dishwasher and food-safe; although with all handmade ceramics, they will last longer with hand washing. Please email me with any questions and thank you for looking and supporting handmade!

Search "Ready to Ship" for items that are ready to go!

Check out my website at https://ezmedesigns.com/gallery for more awesome pieces. If you see something you like but wish it was a different color or a design you wish was on a different piece , convo me and I can do made to order - ship time is 4-8 weeks depending on availability.

Chanda Beck

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Chanda Beck

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(30)
elisalovespie

elisalovespie on Feb 2, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Her work is absolutely gorgeous and never disappoints! Box was expertly packed and arrived quickly.

Frank Miller

Frank Miller on Aug 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Typically amazing work from Ezme designs.!

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Updates

Painting more bird mugs and other ezme wares while catching up in the Netflix! A pretty good way to spend a Saturday morning!!
A small sample of the 150 pounds of plaster I cast last week making new hump molds and slipcasting molds. Now begins the hours and hours of sanding, filing, and cleanup before I can use them. Tribe is today's company. Peace out Phife...

About

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Hi! My name is Chanda Beck. I live in Oakland, California and work out of the Berkeley Potters Guild.

I hand make and hand paint all of my ceramic wares. Depending on what the piece calls for, I use the slipcasting process (from my own plaster molds created from wheel thrown models), handbuild the piece using slabs or throw the piece on the pottery wheel. I use stoneware or porcelain clay bodies and fire to cone 6.

The process of ceramics is extremely laborious and time consuming so I spend a lot of time at work! To create just one piece of pottery I --

*Create the piece in clay by hand-building, slipcasting or by throwing on the wheel.
*Clean up the piece when it is leatherhard or sand when it is bone dry.
*Wait for the piece to dry so it doesn't explode or crack in the kiln (which could be 1-3 weeks depending on the item and weather conditions).
*Fire the kiln the first time (which takes about two days because it needs to cool from 1915 degrees Fahrenheit slowly).
*Hand paint the bisqueware with underglaze or glaze, wax the bottom so it doesn't stick to the kiln shelf, dip the piece in a clear glaze, and wipe the bottom clean.
*Put it back in the kiln for two days to 2165 degrees Fahrenheit.
*Sand the bottom of the piece so it isn't scratchy and voila finally one piece!

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A little about me -- I started working in clay in 1998 and after getting bitten very hard by the clay bug, I earned a second degree -- a BFA in Ceramics from the California College of the Arts (and Crafts) in Oakland, CA. My first degree was received from the University of Nevada, Reno in Anthropology and Photography. I love kittens, traveling the world and the book "The Secret Life of Plants"which encouraged the housewives of the seventies to talk to their houseplants. My work is inspired by abstract depictions of nature and minimalism.

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Shop members

  • Chanda Beck

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Chanda Beck is the Owner, Ceramics Artist, Designer, Manufacturer, Accountant, Shipping Department and Marketing Director of Ezme Designs. I've been professionally making functional, handmade ceramics since 2007.

  • Christopher Aynesworth

    Designer, Photographer

    Chris, owner of Ouroboros Web Design, is our web/branding designer and photographer of all of our ceramic wares.

  • Mirabelle Beck-Aynesworth

    Assistant

    Mirabelle is our photography model, product tester, muse, lap warmer, box tester and brush carrier.

  • Olivia Beck-Aynesworth

    Customer Service

    Olivia is our customer service rep, muse and wins laziest staff member every month but certainly makes sure the couch doesn't float away!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 19, 2016
All ceramic products on this website are microwave and dishwasher safe unless noted in the descriptions. However, as with any handmade ceramics, it will lessen wear and tear if you handwash them.

We also never use lead or toxic raw materials in any of our glazes. Everything is handmade in porcelain or stoneware fired to cone 6. The dinnerware and cups are all dinnerware safe, in fact they may make your food even tastier, but this hasn't been scientifically proven.

Please note, due to the handmade quality of our wares, there can be slight variations in color and style from the picture.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
We accept PayPal, Direct Checkout and Etsy Gift Cards for payment. Any holds or waiting for payment will result in a delay for shipping. Taxes will be collected for purchases in the State of California at the Alameda Sales Tax of 9.0%. If you have been grossly over-charged due to your tax rate (say if it is 7.25%), I will attempt to refund that over-payment. If I miss it, write me! I am very pleasant and amiable.
Shipping
Ezme Designs will ship out your purchases through USPS via priority mail or first class mail as soon as possible. Please expect a two to five day shipping time in the USA unless otherwise requested. If shipping is less via UPS or FedEx, I may choose that option. If you are biased, please le me know! We will not insure your package unless you email us and request this additional service at the added cost.

We will ship international but can make no guarantees on delivery times as each country's system is vastly different. Please ask me for details or concerns!

Due to the nature of ceramics, we have to over-package our shipments so things do not break. Ezme Designs is as concerned about the environment as everyone else should be, so we try to re-use packaging materials whenever we can. We hope that you will also re-use or recycle all of our packaging too!

Shipping costs are estimated based on the size and weight of the piece and the size box necessary for shipping. If the purchaser is local, the pieces can be picked up in person at the Berkeley Potters Guild by appointment and the shipping charge will be refunded. Shipping is an art not a science. If the shipping price has grossly been over-represented, I will try to refund over-payments.

Each product is handmade by one little ceramics artist in Berkeley, California, so there may be unforseen delays in shipping. We will make every attempt possible to ship products out in a timely manner. However, if we find we are out of stock and have to make some more of the item that you have ordered, we will email you to let you know about the delay.

Feel free to cancel the order at any time until it is shipped. After the item has been shipped, you can refuse to receive the package or it is your responsibility to pay for the return shipping.
Refunds and Exchanges
We hope that you will be satisfied for many years to come with your Ezme purchase, but if you are unhappy, we will accept returns and exchanges within thirty days. However, you will be responsible for the return shipping cost.

We try to package your Ezme purchases so that they will survive the trip from our studio to your house. However, in the case of exploded box mail disasters, please email us right away.

****IMPORTANT NOTE****

For claims purposes, please photograph all packaging and the broken pieces. You may need to keep the packaging for several days as the packaging may be inspected by the carrier for claims.
Additional policies and FAQs
Some of the pieces are one of a kind or in a limited edition whose time has passed. However, contact us if there is a one of a kind item that is out of stock that you might not be able to survive without. With a certain amount of pleading, we may be able to make more. We can also be persuaded to make items in other colors and are also open to custom orders but only if asked nicely and given enough lead time to finish such requests...

Ceramics is a very long process and for one piece, we:

*Create the piece in clay by hand-building, slipcasting or by throwing on the wheel.
*Clean up the piece when it is leatherhard or sand when it is bone dry.
*Wait for the piece to dry so it doesn't explode or crack in the kiln (which could be 1-3 weeks depending on the item and weather conditions).
*Fire the kiln the first time (which takes about two days because it needs to cool from 1915 degrees Fahrenheit slowly).
*Hand paint the bisqueware with underglaze or glaze, wax the bottom so it doesn't stick to the kiln shelf, dip the piece in a clear glaze, and wipe the bottom clean.
*Put it back in the kiln for two days to 2165 degrees Fahrenheit.
*Dremmel and/or sand the bottom for touch ups and voila finally one piece!

So, expect if we are out of an item in stock it could take 4-8 weeks to create a new one.

Please contact us directly regarding wholesale inquiries. We will only consider consignment requests that are local in the Bay Area or if the requester pays for shipping charges.